pa·​per·​weight | \ˈpā-pər-ˌwāt \

Definition of paperweight 

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

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Last year’s featured item, the paperweight, is another example of a once-ubiquitous thing that has been phased out over the years largely due to lack of need., "Why Are Ashtrays Trending Again? Well, We'll Be Blunt...," 11 July 2018 Davis was reportedly given the material — two paperweights, one containing a small lunar rock, and the other containing a piece of the Apollo 11 heat shield — from her late husband, who worked as an engineer on the Apollo 11 mission. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Woman Sues NASA Over a Vial of Moon Dust Allegedly Given to Her by Neil Armstrong," 12 June 2018 Joann Davis decided to sell the paperweights in 2011 after falling on hard times. Kristine Phillips, ajc, "Neil Armstrong gave her a vial of moon dust, she says. She's suing so NASA won't take it.," 12 June 2018 It had been set in Perspex to act as a paperweight, with a note in her charming schoolgirl writing—all that remained of the historic day. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Was a Bridesmaid In Princess Diana's Wedding," 17 May 2018 A few weeks later, a rose from her bouquet arrived, set in Perspex to act as a paperweight, with a note of thanks in her schoolgirl writing. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Bridesmaid India Hicks Shares What It's Really Like to Be a Royal Wedding Attendant," 16 May 2018 Works available for sale include bowls, vases, ornaments, marbles, paperweights, platters, sun catchers, jewelry and seasonal decor. Marc Bona,, "Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. tasting room ready to open," 1 Mar. 2018 Or a $179 paperweight? Don't worry, there are cheaper items as well, including a $29 championship keyring. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "All the Astros' World Series jewelry fans can buy," 6 Apr. 2018 Place the paperweight or stones on the very edges of the plate to hold it in place. Megan Arnett, Scientific American, "It's About Time... to Make a Sundial!," 15 Mar. 2018

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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

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