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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In two papers, one solo-authored and the other with Stanford’s Dan Thompson, Hall looked at a number of different closely contested primaries for US House elections, in the first paper from 1980 to 2010 and the second from 2006 to 2014. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The “do what you want” theory of politics," 18 July 2018 Reaching into its archives, the company found the original 1888 patent for the first paper straw. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Aardvark paper straws: This Fort Wayne company has your plastic straw alternative," 24 June 2018 Earlier this year, Icarus published Dr. Myhrvold’s first paper on how reflected sunlight affects measurements of asteroids at the shorter infrared wavelengths measured by WISE. New York Times, "Asteroids and Adversaries: Challenging What NASA Knows About Space Rocks," 14 June 2018 The first paper exploiting the data appeared on the arXiv preprint server on the same day. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "European satellite reveals motions of more than 1 billion stars and shape of the Milky Way," 25 Apr. 2018 The first paper calls for the pre-conception period to be redefined according to three perspectives: biological, individual and public health. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "How dad's pre-conception health can affect the baby, too," 16 Apr. 2018 In the first paper of its kind, published in Science on March 8th, Soroush Vosoughi and his colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology present evidence that, on Twitter at least, false stories travel faster and farther than true ones. The Economist, "On Twitter, falsehood spreads faster than truth," 10 Mar. 2018 The first paper, published today, examines the real-world feasibility of the two breakout bots. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Sorry, But R2-D2 and BB-8 Wouldn't Be Too Useful In Real Life," 21 Feb. 2018 The first paper comes from a group of scientists who have worked to rapidly analyze a number of extreme weather events over the past few years, including flooding in Europe and Louisiana last year. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Hurricane Harvey studies: Yesterday’s 100-year storm is today’s 30-year storm," 17 Dec. 2017

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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to deny responsibility for

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