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.

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The plotters are led by some powerful public employee unions, including those representing teachers and service workers. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Proposition 13 is a political third rail in California," 27 Aug. 2019 The plotters are led by some powerful public employee unions, including those representing teachers and service workers. Los Angeles Times, "Proposition 13 is a political third rail in California. Changing it will be a hard sell," 26 Aug. 2019 Zebley helped build the case against 9/11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui and took the stand during the death-penalty phase of his trial in 2006 to testify about the agency's work. Tim Elfrink, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s latest, and unlikely, target: Aaron Zebley, FBI agent who hunted terrorists," 24 July 2019 Von Stauffenberg and his fellow plotters were executed within hours. Washington Post, "Germany marks 75th anniversary of plot to kill Hitler," 21 July 2019 The plan collapsed when news spread that Hitler had survived the attack, and von Stauffenberg, along with his fellow plotters, were executed within hours. Fox News, "Germans who resisted Nazi regime honored on 75 anniversary of plot of kill Hitler," 20 July 2019 Its usual spokespeople, who carefully maintain the appearance of a plurality of opinion when times are calm, have unanimously compared protesters to racists, anti-Semites, homophobes, plotters, and troublemakers. . . Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 Ogunmola’s Viola is consistently assured, while Sabra Williams’ saucy Maria, Lorenzo Gonzalez’s boozy Sir Toby Belch, and Xavi Moreno’s doofus-y Sir Andrew Aguecheek are as gleeful a group of plotters as ever pulled a prank on a gullible dupe. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A ‘Twelfth Night’ to outrage Shakespeare purists with delightful defilement for the rest of us," 28 July 2019 If the incidents were indeed linked, as the government claims, that would imply some degree of forethought by the plotters and point to the possibility of a wider conspiracy. The Economist, "Killings and claims of an attempted coup rock Ethiopia," 25 June 2019

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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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