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 My plan eliminates the need for complicated math and indexing as mentioned in Biggs’ first paper. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: Some bad news on effects of coronavirus on Social Security," 22 May 2020 Nordhaus published his first paper about the DICE model in 1992. Gilbert E. Metcalf, Scientific American, "How to Set a Price on Carbon Pollution," 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, "An AI Meme Generator Gives Us the Absurdist Art We All Need," 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, "Fact check: Early studies show pink eye could be related to COVID-19 but in few cases," 9 Apr. 2020 One of the first papers on friendships among autistic people appeared just last year. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "How People with Autism Forge Friendships," 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, "How Epidemics of the Past Forced Americans to Promote Health—and Ended Up Improving Life in This Country," 2 Apr. 2020 On January 21st, a team in Berlin, led by Christian Drosten, one of the scientists who discovered the original SARS virus, in 2003, submitted the first paper to describe a protocol for testing for SARS-CoV-2. Robert P. Baird, The New Yorker, "What Went Wrong with Coronavirus Testing in the U.S.," 16 Mar. 2020 Also on this day: 1690: The first paper money in America is issued by the Massachusetts Bay Colony to finance a military expedition to Canada. Fox News, "This Day in History: Feb. 3," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of first papers

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first papers was in 1912

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“First papers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20papers. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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