first papers

plural noun

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

Examples of first papers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the menstrual cycle has been notoriously understudied, the first papers on PMDD appeared in 1930s. Shalene Gupta, TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 Photograph: Getty Images Last week, the first papers from a collaboration between Meta's Facebook and a team of external researchers studying the 2020 election were finally published. WIRED, 3 Aug. 2023 Although evolutionary developmental biologists have previously speculated that these changes in the 3D architecture of a genome might be possible, this is probably one of the first papers to clearly link them to fairly big changes in body shape, Marlétaz said. Viviane Callier, Quanta Magazine, 30 May 2023 In the months since the first papers, the ages of some of the alleged high-redshift galaxies have been reconsidered. Quanta Magazine, 20 Jan. 2023 Marcussen said this is one of the first papers to show that kids getting back to the classroom earlier seem to have fewer symptoms at 14 days out. Jen Christensen, CNN, 20 Jan. 2023 After publishing his first papers on the subject — which were mostly ignored — in 1912, Wegener dropped his geological investigation for a while. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 18 Feb. 2021 Her first papers suggesting ultrasound’s potential for offering an effective, less invasive form of fetal screening — available to women of any age — were published in 1985. Ed Shanahan, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2022 So some of the first papers on this just came out a few years ago. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

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 19 Apr. 2024.

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