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paper

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noun pa·per \ˈpā-pər\

Simple Definition of paper

  • : the material that is used in the form of thin sheets for writing or printing on, wrapping things, etc.

  • : a sheet of paper with information written or printed on it

  • papers : official documents that give information about something or that are used as proof of something

Full Definition of paper

  1. 1 a (1) :  a felted sheet of usually vegetable fibers laid down on a fine screen from a water suspension (2) :  a similar sheet of other material (as plastic) b :  a piece of paper

  2. 2 a :  a piece of paper containing a written or printed statement :  document <pedigree papers> b :  a piece of paper containing writing or print c :  a formal written composition often designed for publication and often intended to be read aloud <presented a scholarly paper at the meeting> d :  a piece of written schoolwork

  3. 3 :  a paper container or wrapper

  4. 4 :  newspaper

  5. 5 :  the negotiable notes or instruments of commerce

  6. 6 :  wallpaper

  7. 7 :  tickets; especially :  free passes

  8. 8 :  paperback

on paper
  1. 1 :  in writing <wants these promises on paper>

  2. 2 :  in theory <the plan looks good on paper>

  3. 3 :  figured at face value <on paper the stock was worth nearly a million dollars>

Examples of paper

  1. We'll need pens, glue, and some paper.

  2. Be sure to print the letter on good paper.

  3. He scribbled the number on a scrap of paper.

  4. a crumpled piece of paper

  5. The border guards asked to see my papers.

  6. They published a landmark paper in 1995.

  7. The teacher was busy grading papers.

  8. She did well on her history paper.



Origin of paper

Middle English papir, from Anglo-French, from Latin papyrus papyrus, paper, from Greek papyros papyrus


First Known Use: 14th century

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paper

verb pa·per

Simple Definition of paper

  • : to cover (something, such as a wall) with paper

Full Definition of paper

pa·peredpa·per·ing play \ˈpā-p(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to put down or describe in writing

  3. 2 :  to fold or enclose in paper

  4. 3 :  to cover or line with paper; especially :  to apply wallpaper to

  5. 4 :  to fill by giving out free passes <paper the theater for opening night>

  6. 5 :  to cover (an area) with advertising bills, circulars, or posters

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to hang wallpaper

pa·per·er play \-pər-ər\ noun

1594

First Known Use of paper

1594


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paper

adjective pa·per

Simple Definition of paper

  • : made of paper

  • : of or relating to paper

  • : existing or shown on paper or in documents but not real

Full Definition of paper

  1. 1 a :  made of paper, cardboard, or papier-mâché <a paper bag> b :  papery

  2. 2 :  of or relating to clerical work or written communication

  3. 3 :  existing only in theory :  nominal <a paper blockade>

  4. 4 :  admitted by free passes <a paper audience>

  5. 5 :  finished with a crisp smooth surface similar to that of paper <paper taffeta>

Examples of paper

  1. Their accounts showed lots of paper profits, but they went bankrupt anyway.

  2. <there's a paper boycott of that company's products that nobody seems to be honoring>



1594

First Known Use of paper

1594

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