blot·​ter | \ˈblä-tər \

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

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Use one blotter after Pilates and less sweaty activities; employ two after a class at Mile High Run Club or Yoga Sculpt at CorePower Yoga. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "14 Little Beauty Gifts That Bring Big Joy, According to Vogue Editors," 3 Dec. 2018 Over the years, the Bush House Hotel has been featured reluctantly in news articles, usually as addresses listed in crime blotters. Vinny Vella,, "After fatal Quakertown fire, a 'last stop' for the vulnerable rebuilds," 14 May 2018 At times, the reports read like the police blotter in any small town. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "The Case of the Purloined Poultry: How ISIS Prosecuted Petty Crime," 1 July 2018 From arguments over milk that wasn’t even spilled to reports of chickens walking down the sidewalk, here’s the rest of the best of the Phoenixville Police Department’s blotter, from August to January. Stephanie Farr,, "The best of Phoenixville's police blotter," 24 Jan. 2018 The officer driving the car was one of several responding to reports of shots fired in the 500 block of Royal Brougham Way near the Greyhound bus station, according the department’s blotter. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Seattle police car crashes on train tracks in SoDo," 1 July 2018 Largely pulled from local police blotters, none of the posts mention political parties or candidates. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook’s ad rules are forcing news outlets to register as political advertisers," 1 June 2018 Constantin grins and pulls up the blotter that rests atop his desk, then pries a color photo from beneath it. John Walters, Newsweek, "Canada's Laval University Shows How to Do Football Right," 26 Oct. 2014 Second implication: All journalism should sound as if it’s been lifted off the blotter of the police reports. Vogue, "Portrait of a Reporter as a Young Man: Tom Wolfe in Vogue, April 1966," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of blotter

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


blot·​ter | \ˈblä-tər \

Kids Definition of blotter

: a piece of blotting paper



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