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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 There were some old Sears catalogs, some shoeboxes organized on unclear principles: paperweights with watch parts, and keys to far more houses, cars, and lockboxes than my uncle possessed. Daniel Mason, The Atlantic, "For the Union Dead," 6 Apr. 2020 But not everyone can use paper clips, chewing gum, or paperweights to pick locks—or hang pictures. Popular Science, "Essential hammers for your toolbox," 15 Mar. 2020 Today's example of smart stuff going dumb comes courtesy of Under Armour, which is effectively rendering its fitness hardware line very expensive paperweights. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Smart scale goes dumb as Under Armour pulls the plug on connected tech," 21 Jan. 2020 Create your own glass pieces, from pumpkins and paperweights to bowls, at Blowing Sands Glass Studio or Seattle Mosaic Works., "," 10 Oct. 2019 Pencil holders and paperweights come to mind, drawing visitors into a reality that is under construction — just like the one described by Dickinson, in her 55-word poem. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Emily Dickinson provides the lens for eight artists in L.A.’s Chinatown," 14 Sep. 2019 Barbara, her daughter who was always like a sister and a best friend to me, gave this glass, clear paperweight heart, and the heart was gold. Hannah Chubb,, "Maureen McCormick Reveals the Emotional Tribute to Florence Henderson in A Very Brady Renovation," 6 Sep. 2019 On the sandy embayments rimming the southwestern English coastline, beachcombers can find a wide array of stones, from tiny pebbles to hefty paperweights, strewn amidst the flotsam. Rob Arnold, National Geographic, "New plastic pollution formed by fire looks like rocks," 16 Aug. 2019 In Albuquerque, Aurora Borealis Glassworks LLC offers classes in how to make everything from paperweights to glass yard-art flowers, starting at $250. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, "Where to learn glassblowing in the West," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of paperweight

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Paperweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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

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