plot·ter | \ ˈplä-tər \

Definition of plotter 

: one that plots: such as

a : a person who schemes or conspires

b : a contriver of a literary plot

c : a device for plotting specifically : an instrument that graphs computer output

Examples of plotter in a Sentence

The police caught the plotters of the bank heist.

Recent Examples on the Web

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the problem of intergalactic travel is ultimately solved by suspending an atomic vector plotter in a nice hot cup of tea. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "Welcome To The Highly Probable World of Improbability," 5 July 2018 Others called on the government to black out the scene where Chopra holds up sacred Hindu prayer beads as evidence that the plotter in the episode was an Indian nationalist. NBC News, "'Quantico' producers, star Priyanka Chopra apologize for episode portraying Indians as terrorists," 9 June 2018 The terrorist act and the subsequent trial of its plotters became a seminal moment in America’s labor history. Joe Mozingo,, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 According to Mr Morgan, Mr Calil offered to betray the other plotters, promising information about the scheme to South Africa in an effort to stave off prosecution. The Economist, "Ely Calil, backer of a farcical coup plot, died on May 28th," 9 June 2018 The Turkish government regards them as coup plotters and wants Athens to hand them over. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "University of Houston-Victoria breaks ground on new student residence hall," 8 June 2018 The United States was at war with al-Qaida at the time of the 9/11 attacks, the military judge presiding at the trial of the alleged plotters has ruled. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "America was at war with al-Qaida by 9/11, judge rules. When did it start? Stay tuned. | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 By then, even vinyl plotters had been replaced by affordable digital printing. New York Times, "Hipster Culture and Instagram Are Responsible for a Good Thing," 29 Jan. 2018 The authorities have now jailed more than 50,000 people, suspended over 140,000 from their jobs and brought around 160 journalists to trial, often on charges related to terrorism for alleged connections to the coup plotters. Carlotta Gall, New York Times, "Turkey’s Independent Newspaper Voice Perseveres With a Smile," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of plotter

1588, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of plotter

: a person who secretly plans to do something illegal or harmful : someone who plots something

: a computer program or device that creates a graph or chart from information

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