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 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,, "Dorothy Brown’s office debuts upgrade to criminal court computers to wide ridicule," 25 Nov. 2019 Sprayed onto carbon paper, the team had large-format electrodes ready for testing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Make Hydrogen Cheap Again," 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, "After Era That Made It a Verb, Xerox, in a Sale, Is Past Tense," 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,, "After months of delay, Cook County begins first day of electronic filing for civil cases," 2 July 2018 In contrast, the solar still uses inexpensive and widely available carbon paper. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Could This Low-Cost Device Provide Clean Drinking Water To Those In Need?," 17 May 2018 His mind is dense with facts, from the origins of carbon paper to the many varieties of rope. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "New Sentences: From ‘A Long Way From Home,’ by Peter Carey," 1 Mar. 2018 In the meantime, attorneys still struggle to find carbon paper that isn’t scratched up and faded. Megan Crepeau,, "Handwritten documents, Manila folders, carbon paper — welcome to Cook County criminal court," 12 Feb. 2018 Manufacturers typically use the soot known as carbon black in rubber, ink, paints, and carbon paper. National Geographic, "How Air Pollution Is Being Turned Into Ink," 8 July 2017

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First Known Use of carbon paper

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Carbon paper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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