plotter definition by Webster's New World
- a person or thing that plots
- Comput. a peripheral for producing charts, graphs, etc. directly from data
plotter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One who plots.
- A computer output device that draws graphs or pictures, usually by moving a pen.
plotter - Computer Definition
A graphics printer that draws images with ink pens. It actually draws point-to-point lines directly from vector graphics files. The plotter was the first computer output device that could print graphics as well as accommodate full-size engineering and architectural drawings. Using different colored pens, it was also able to print in color long before inkjet printers became an alternative. Pen plotters are still the most affordable printing device for CAD use and offer resolution unlike any other printer. The lines are not made up of dots. They are actually drawn, providing infinite resolution. See drum plotter, flatbed plotter, electrostatic plotter and inkjet printer.