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

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If arrested, a person’s name, age, address and crime would be published as part of the police blotter in most local newspapers across the U.S. Chad Painter, The Conversation, "How the New York media covered the Stonewall riots," 19 June 2019 He was booked into the King County Jail on investigation of homicide and domestic- violence assault, the blotter said. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Man arrested at S. Seattle apartment suspected in International District homicide," 7 Sep. 2018 Dowdle was tracked down by Seattle police detectives in a joint operation with the Japanese National Police and the U.S. Marshals Service, says an item posted on the Seattle Police Department’s online blotter. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Police: Woman who fled to Japan after 2011 homicide is booked into the King County Jail," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce blotter (audio) \

Kids Definition of blotter

: a piece of blotting paper



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