Blotter may refer to:
- Blotting paper, used to absorb ink or oil from writing materials, particularly when quill or fountain pens were popular
- Blotter (album), a 1996 album by the American band Nightstick
- Blotter, a means of transporting and taking lysergic acid diethylamide (commonly known as LSD or acid) and other psychedelic compounds active in similarly low doses, by dipping it in blotting paper and allowing it to dry
- Police blotter, a daily record of arrests and other events at a police station
- Blotter, the fourth track of the album Stone Sour by the band of that same name
- Blotter, the tool used to show a user's recent actions on the Steam (software) community page.
- Desk pad, a table protector used when work such as painting or writing would otherwise damage the table or desk
Blotter is the first full-length studio album by the American band Nightstick, released in 1996 on Relapse Records.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1590s, "thing for drying wet spots," agent noun from blot (v.). Meaning "bad writer" is from c.1600. Sense of "day book" is from 1670s, and the word was applied early 19c. to rough drafts, scrap books, notebooks, and draft account books. Hence the police jargon sense "arrest record sheet," recorded from 1887.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Blotter \Blot"ter\ (bl[o^]t"t[~e]r), n.
One who, or that which, blots; esp. a device for absorbing superfluous ink.
(Com.) A wastebook, in which entries of transactions are made as they take place.
n. 1 a piece of blotting paper in a pad as a piece of desk furniture 2 a daily register of arrests and other events in a police station
Usage examples of "blotter".
Rapping a pen against his desk blotter, Nestler weighed their comments.
Oval Office routine: holding the document steady on the blotter for Daniel Galbraith to sign with his left hand, while the useless arm hung down at his side.
Guy was seated at his desk, his arms crossed on the blotter before him, his head resting on them.
Greaves was behind his desk already, apparently studying a piece of paper on his blotter before him.
Greaves placed the paper neatly in the upper right corner of his blotter, fussily squared it up with the edge.
Before each chair was neatly laid a leather-edged blotter alongside a gold-tooled tub containing pens, suggesting that all any client needed to provide here was his cheque-book.
He stopped fiddling with the spoon and dropped it onto the blotter where it left a round stain.
It thumped once against the thick blotter before Swafford grabbed and opened it.
He sat there for a moment, drawing the name Graniteville on his desk blotter and circling it idly with a ballpoint.
DRMO reference binders for the past hour and a half, doo VJ dling on the blotter pad as he thought about the case.
The desk was laden with a matching leather blotter, an in-and-out basket, a pen and pencil set, and picture frame.
For one thing, I could see now that his blotter was covered with scribbles: doodles, telephone numbers, what looked like case numbers, cartoon dogs and cats in various poses, appointments, names and addresses, drawings of cars with flames shooting from the tailpipes.
In one corner of the blotter was a hand-drawn calendar for the month of February, the numbers neatly filled in.
I tried comparing the numbers on the phone bills with the numbers on the blotter and that netted me a hit.
But he never mentioned that he had walked behind her through the department, past twelve occupied desks at the top of a shift, down the corridor packed with uniforms, and past the garage security guard, as she carried a long, thick roll of cork under one arm and a desk blotter under the other, with a calendar wadded in her purse and God knows what else.