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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Museum-Quality Text Messages," 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, "The best kits and gadgets that encourage your kids to be more creative," 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, "Designers' Secrets to Creating the Ultimate Kitchen for Your Lifestyle," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tracing paper

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Tracing paper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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