• WordNet 3.6
    • n blotter the daily written record of events (as arrests) in a police station
    • n blotter absorbent paper used to dry ink
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The coffee filter was invented in 1908 by a German homemaker, Melitta Benz, when she lined a tin cup with blotter paper to filter the coffee grinds.
    • Blotter (Com) A wastebook, in which entries of transactions are made as they take place.
    • Blotter One who, or that which, blots; esp. a device for absorbing superfluous ink.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blotter A piece of blotting-paper or other device for absorbing an excess of ink or other fluid, used especially in writing.
    • n blotter In com., a waste-book in which are recorded all transactions in the order of their occurrence.
    • n blotter The current record of arrests and charges in a police office: called in Great Britain a charge-sheet.
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In literature:

I have a large blotter in my writing-pad, so I really don't need that one at all.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
We'll buy him a blotter and some fancy paper and envelopes and leave them at the kiosk for him.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Perhaps some day blotters, blotting pads, and the like, may become collectable curios!
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
One of these, the "blotter," will be to write things in which are going to happen.
"Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls" by Anonymous
But I don't vant my place down on de blotter.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
This year she said, 'I suppose he'd better have his usual blotter, or he'll think I've forgotten him.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 23, 1914" by Various
The inkstand, paper weight, and blotter were of silver; the pen of gold, with a costly pearl handle.
"The Masked Bridal" by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
When he rushed back to the office Mary had gone home and left a note tucked in his blotter.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
Spread the remaining white paste of silver chlorid (AgCl) out over the blotter as well as you can.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
He reached under the blotter beneath the whole pile.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various

In poetry:

Then it softened and ran widely,
Like an ink-drop on a blotter.
I ceased labor, tasted idly,
Found it bitter, and forgot her.
"The Pursuit" by Gamaliel Bradford
My paste pot escapes almost daily;
My scissors I never can find;
And I am the rotter who loses a blotter
More often than if he were blind.
"Speaking Of Hunting" by Franklin Pierce Adams
The wet dawn inks are doing their blue dissolve.
On their blotter of fog the trees
Seem a botanical drawing.
Memories growing, ring on ring,
A series of weddings.
"Winter Trees" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Here's a roundup of some of the funnier police blotter bits from around the county over the past few weeks.
Each week, the city's police blotter is filled with items that would make most people shake their head in disbelief.
Sheriff's Department blotter reports from San Clemente.
Posted October 4, 2012 7:12 pm Filed under Local News, Police Blotter By Andrew Kiel.
Officer witnesses one accident while directing traffic for another Buckley Police Blotter.
All suspects in the police blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The following reports appeared in the most recently released crime blotter by the Belleville Police Department.
Marijuana found on man's driveway : Fairview Park Police Blotter.
Dagger Blotter Nov 26-27: Sex Offender in Forest Hill Restroom with Child.
Golfer's errant shot smashes window at Canterbury Road home: North Olmsted Police Blotter.
Man kicks woman's car door backwards into front fender : Berea Police Blotter.
Bainbridge blotter Woman with forged check takes it on the heel.
Some neighbors just can't get along : Mayfield Heights Police Blotter.
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Bainbridge blotter Woman with forged check takes it on the heel .