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 Winslow is a master plotter and shaper of characters. Chris Vognar, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2022 Each tree is tagged for identification purposes, and its location will be added to the organization’s online tree plotter map. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2021 While waylaid, Eruç will swap out his water filter, install new scuppers and replace his chart plotter GPS device. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Sep. 2021 Indeed, the arrest of the LAX plotter, Ahmad Ressam, trying to cross the border from Canada into the United States with explosives and detonators not only stopped that particular attack. CBS News, 15 Sep. 2021 Pretrial hearings in the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has been accused of being the lead plotter behind the September 11 attacks, and four other detainees at Guantanamo Bay are set to resume today. Dominic Rech, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Winston Churchill and Dwight D Eisenhower met here during WWII and there’s even a secret passage running from its cellar to the village priory, used by Lord Lovelace of Hurley who was a plotter of the Glorious Revolution in 1688. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 26 May 2021 At its core, Cricut is a cutting plotter or cutting machine that cuts shapes and designs from various materials. Jackalyn Beck,, 17 Apr. 2021 Of 33 cases where the plotter had a specific date in mind, more than 60 percent were planning to act the same day as the report or within two days. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of plotter

1588, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2022

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“Plotter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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