carbon paper


Definition of carbon paper

: a thin paper faced with a waxy pigmented coating so that when placed between two sheets of paper the pressure of writing or typing on the top sheet causes transfer of pigment to the bottom sheet

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Recent Examples on the Web Charts were written by hand and duplicated with carbon paper. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 2 June 2021 The organizing tools were manual typewriters with carbon paper, index cards in shoeboxes and mimeograph machines. Nadine Hack, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 One of his first tasks after joining the company was to refine the practice of producing ink copies of documents without the use of carbon paper. Star Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020 Gale Matson, a chemist at 3M, developed the underlying technology in the 1960s while looking for, among other things, an alternative to messy carbon paper. Star Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020 By contrast, Cook County’s criminal courts still rely partly on paper, as well as an innovation more than two centuries old — carbon paper to make copies of the paper filings. Megan Crepeau,, 25 Nov. 2019 Sprayed onto carbon paper, the team had large-format electrodes ready for testing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 24 Oct. 2019 But just as Xerox made carbon paper obsolete, the iPhone, Google Docs and the cloud made Xerox a company of the past. Steve Lohr And Carlos Tejada, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2018 Brown previously told the Tribune that a complete overhaul of the criminal court system—where attorneys frequently rely upon carbon paper to make copies of filings—is to be completed by March 2019. Elyssa Cherney,, 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of carbon paper

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carbon paper was in 1855

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“Carbon paper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of carbon paper

: paper with a dark substance on one side that is placed between two other pieces of paper and used to make copies of documents

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