blotter

noun
blot·​ter | \ ˈblä-tər How to pronounce blotter (audio) \

Definition of blotter

1 : a piece of blotting paper
2 : a book in which entries (as of transactions or occurrences) are made temporarily pending their transfer to permanent record books police blotter

Examples of blotter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Participants were asked to hide their microdoses (in this case, tiny pieces of LSD blotter paper) inside non-transparent gel capsules and use empty capsules as placebos. Amanda Siebert, Forbes, "Largest Study Of Psychedelics Shows Benefits Of Microdosing Could Be Placebo Effect," 3 Mar. 2021 Some newspaper and magazine accounts of Thanksgiving naps use language more typically found in court reporting and police-blotter items. Pete Wells, New York Times, "This Thanksgiving, It’s Time to Stop Nap-Shaming," 24 Nov. 2020 Curtains also have been added to absorb excess sound like a blotter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: San Diego Symphony got a new home 35 years ago," 8 Nov. 2020 Police blotter information is provided by local police departments. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Southland Crime: Man arrested after crashing into house in Homewood, more," 8 Sep. 2020 Police blotter information is provided by local police departments. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Southland Crime: Man arrested after crashing into house in Homewood, more," 8 Sep. 2020 Check out the latest musings from the Nevada County police blotter in The Union newspaper. Megan Diskin, USA TODAY, "In CA: Newsom signs last-minute bills, says there could be a million-acre wildfire," 2 Oct. 2020 Police blotter information is provided by local police departments. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Southland Crime: Man arrested after crashing into house in Homewood, more," 8 Sep. 2020 Elsewhere on the police blotter, a grand jury indicted six people for bribing Amazon employees to boost and tank the rankings of items from various third-party sellers. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "The Trump administration’s TikTok policy is incoherent," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of blotter

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blotter was in 1591

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“Blotter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blotter. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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blotter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blotter

: a large piece of blotting paper that is placed in a stiff frame on top of a desk
: a book used in a police station for writing down information about people or events

blotter

noun
blot·​ter | \ ˈblä-tər How to pronounce blotter (audio) \

Kids Definition of blotter

: a piece of blotting paper

blotter

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