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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Recent Examples on the Web At times, Bolaño nearly abandons fiction for journalism, with a blotter-like recitation of murders and rapes that is at first unsettling, then numbing, then devastating. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Galileo to ‘Dunces’," 28 Apr. 2020 In the end, neither person was injured, but the initial aggressor was charged this week with disorderly conduct, adding to the recent police blotter over bath tissue. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus and shopping for supplies: Getting to the bottom of the toilet paper shortage," 8 Apr. 2020 Little papers were once part of the farm system for larger papers; greenhorns learned how to read a police blotter before stepping up to the next rung on the media ladder. Washington Post, "The end comes for another local newspaper, 165 years after it began," 30 Jan. 2020 The group is trying to raise awareness with the blotter, which shows the animal, victim, date of the attack and ZIP code where the attack took place, as well as other details. Fox News, "Terrifying moment dangerous dog attacks 5-year-old girl outside church," 21 Feb. 2020 On November 23, Brown was shot at a strip club, Dallas Cabaret South, according to a police blotter item. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Joshua Brown, the slain Amber Guyger trial witness, was killed in a drug deal gone wrong, police say," 8 Oct. 2019 The attention toward the homegrown even extended to picking special material for his LP jackets, like the earthy oatmeal paper used for 1972’s Harvest and the stark blotter of 1975’s Tonight’s the Night. Wired, "The Pagan Mechanic Rides Again: Neil Young’s Adventures on the Hi-Res Frontier," 22 Oct. 2019 This one is just a group text with your high-school friends featuring links to your home town’s local-police blotter whenever someone from your graduating class is arrested. Patty Terhune, The New Yorker, "New Apps from the Developers of Find My Friends," 20 Aug. 2019 Here is a link to the arrest report for more information: *Miller's photo is not yet on the PBSO booking blotter. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Good Samaritans stop man from kidnapping Florida boy, 12, walking home from school, police say," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of blotter

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blotter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of blotter

: a piece of blotting paper



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