tracing paper


Definition of tracing paper

: a semitransparent paper for tracing drawings also : a thin paper containing a clothing pattern to be transferred to fabric (as through carbon paper) by tracing

Examples of tracing paper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her achievement passes not only through urbanism and protest, but through acrylic, ink, spray guns, tracing paper. Jason Farago, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021 Use a pencil, ball point pen, or tracing paper to draw the design on the pumpkin and then get carving. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 31 Aug. 2020 The Belgian poet and artist Marcel Broodthaers, for example, writes his signature, M.B., repeatedly on a large piece of tracing paper, daring us to question its authenticity as a work of art. Nina Siegal, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2020 This Crayola LED Light-up Tracing Pad, which is basically a backlit paper holder made to make tracing even easier, comes with a graphite pencil, 12 colored pencils, blank paper, and tracing paper. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, 8 Nov. 2017 For walking them through the process, there’s nothing better than a Sharpie pen and a piece of tracing paper. Allie Holloway, House Beautiful, 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tracing paper

1824, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tracing paper

: a very thin kind of paper that you can see through and use to trace a design, picture, etc.

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