a piece of blotting paper used to absorb excess ink, to protect a desk top, etc.
a book in which transactions or events, as sales or arrests, are recorded as they occur: a police blotter.
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How to use blotter in a sentence
He fit that work between other daily news, his column and a crime blotter he writes, sprinkled with storytelling flourishes that make it easy to imagine Mark Twain reading the contents to a crowd.The Key Role a Local Newspaper Played in the Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery's Murder | Janell Ross/Brunswick, Ga. | November 30, 2021 | Time
At the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, visitors stood before a towering depiction of the battle while inhaling the custom fragrance from blotters or tiny pumps.Aromas can evoke beloved journeys — or voyages not yet taken | Jen Rose Smith | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
To the brokers of the future a lot of the value for clients comes from being able to integrate across all points of the trading life-cycle from the blotter to parent orders to child orders.COVID put electronic trading to the test. It’s never buckled, Goldman Sachs says | Bernhard Warner | November 22, 2020 | Fortune
But those claims clash with reports by independent groups that monitor data from morgues, emergency rooms and the police blotter.
And so much the rest of the story reads more like a police blotter than a saga of good old country music.
Edna opened the blotter, and having procured paper and pen, began to write the note.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Then I held the paper below it, pressed the paw down, and made a signature, wiping the paw afterward with a blotter.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
They will quickly dry in this manner and will not become moldy, as the blotter soaks up the moisture.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
The boss was sitting back in his chair and making little rings on the desk blotter with the point of his letter-opener.The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
Courtney laid the paper-cutter carefully on the blotter, and drawing out his cigarette case, he selected one and slowly lit it.The Colonel of the Red Huzzars | John Reed Scott
British Dictionary definitions for blotter
something used to absorb excess ink or other liquid, esp a sheet of blotting paper with a firm backing
US a daily record of events, such as arrests, in a police station (esp in the phrase police blotter)
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