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.

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According to the court documents, the assassination plotters met several times to prepare the operation, gathered communication equipment and tried to recruit other members of the armed forces. Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "Venezuelan opposition activist says she isn't part of any Maduro assassination plot," 29 June 2018 Hitler’s command was that the plotters should be killed like animals. Elisabeth Braw, Newsweek, "The Families Who Tried to Kill Hitler," 6 Aug. 2014 Reid’s blog notes that the US government identified the plotters suspiciously soon. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Virginia’s Medicaid expansion is a big deal," 31 May 2018 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

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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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