first papers

plural noun

Definition of first papers

: papers declaring intention filed by an applicant for citizenship as the first step in the naturalization process

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Recent Examples on the Web Back in 2001, Enfield published one of the first papers that analyzed the relationship between ocean temperatures and rainfall levels in South Florida. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Nov. 2020 The Gazette was one of the first papers to publish the Declaration of Independence in July 1776, though the paper still proudly notes that it was placed on Page 2 — Page 1 was reserved for local news. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2020 My plan eliminates the need for complicated math and indexing as mentioned in Biggs’ first paper. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, 22 May 2020 Nordhaus published his first paper about the DICE model in 1992. Gilbert E. Metcalf, Scientific American, 19 May 2020 Wenzlau posted his first paper on the project a little over a year ago, and researchers at Stanford have been using machine learning to make memes for nearly two years. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 29 Apr. 2020 On its website, the AAO disputes that the first paper shows 32% of those studied had conjunctivitis, since some of the symptoms listed in the study could have been caused by other factors. Ian Richardson, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2020 One of the first papers on friendships among autistic people appeared just last year. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 8 Apr. 2020 Founders of the New England Courant—the first paper in Colonial America to print the voices and perspectives of the colonists—launched their paper as a vehicle to oppose smallpox inoculation during the 1721 Boston epidemic. Katherine A. Foss, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of first papers

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“First papers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20papers. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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