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Definition of paperweight

: a usually small heavy object used to hold down loose papers (as on a desk)

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Recent Examples on the Web Still, a surprise jolt or an unexpectedly large storm could turn the prize magnet into a 17-ton paperweight. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "The $25 Million Magnet That Might Have Just Changed Particle Physics," 7 Apr. 2021 With so much versatility use them as a solo sculpture, bookend, paperweight, or even as a flower holder. Felicity Carter, Forbes, "The Decorative Objet D’Art Edit For The Home," 4 Apr. 2021 On Thursday, Johnson shared a photo on Instagram of a paperweight he was given for the holidays, with a photo of his younger self next to his athlete dad inside the glass desk accessory. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Dwayne Johnson Says He'll 'Cherish' This 'Beautiful' Christmas Gift Honoring His Late Father," 31 Dec. 2020 To replace the paperweight with a bottle of a potent, near deadly barbiturate speaks volumes. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Best of 2020 (Behind the Scenes): Why Mank recreated the 'Rosebud' shot from Citizen Kane," 4 Dec. 2020 In a world of unpredictable gusts, give the gift of peace of mind with a very useful paperweight like this actual black scorpion encased in crystal clear epoxy. Anastacia Uriegas, Chron, "Totally tacky Texas gifts for the Texan in your life," 17 Nov. 2020 There are about 100 works in all, ranging in price from $30 for a paperweight to $12,000 for an intricate, patterned artwork. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Zandra Rhodes is stuck in London but her show goes on here," 28 Oct. 2020 Smaller touches of the hue exist throughout the house, as if added by the quick brush strokes of an Impressionist painter: on the inside of a hanging lampshade, on the top of a wooden step stool or within a glass paperweight. New York Times, "The Belgian Rose Garden That Inspires Two Fashion Designers," 25 Sep. 2020 Bring on the ornate candle sticks, scrolling mirror frames, and whimsical paperweights. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "How Using Copper in Your Home Helps Your Health," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of paperweight

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Paperweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paperweight

: a small, heavy object that is used to hold down loose papers on a surface

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