plot·​ter | \ ˈplä-tər How to pronounce plotter (audio) \

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 The number one choice for food plotters in the South is warm-season annuals. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "What’s the Best Food Plot Forage for Each Region?," 28 May 2020 The Trump administration is now arguing that victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania should be compensated by Sudan, which is accused of harboring the attacks’ plotters. Samuel Gebre,, "A Former Pariah That Hosted Bin Laden Courts Global Approval," 20 May 2020 Over the next few years, maneuvers similar to this initial grift netted as much as $4.5 billion for the plotters. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, "The Malaysian Job," 27 Apr. 2020 The senior, who'd attempted to escape via the main plotter's pickup truck was detained and faced a large fine. Staff, Houston Chronicle, "This week, 32 years ago, Rice University students pull the Will Rice statue prank," 14 Apr. 2020 The impeachment case against Mr. Trump, built largely on the testimony of officials who actually worked for him, reinforced his view that the government is full of leakers, plotters, whistle-blowers and traitors. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Presidency Increasingly Guided by Suspicion and Distrust," 15 Feb. 2020 The impeachment case against Trump, built largely on the testimony of officials who worked for him, reinforced his view that the government is full of leakers, plotters, whistle-blowers, and traitors. Maggie Haberman,, "A presidency increasingly guided by suspicion and distrust," 15 Feb. 2020 Two years later, the prison-break plotters still haven’t been caught. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "5 books not to miss: Thrillers ‘The Kill Club,’ ‘A Small Town’ and ‘Relentless’," 14 Dec. 2019 Some accomplices who turned in the game pieces were required to split the cash awarded with the plotters of the operation but were stuck with huge tax bills. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'McMillion$': Mark Wahlberg, HBO's docuseries expose rigged McDonald's Monopoly game," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of plotter

1588, in the meaning defined above

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“Plotter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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