white paper


Definition of white paper 

1 : a government report on any subject especially : a British publication that is usually less extensive than a blue book

2 : a detailed or authoritative report

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An internal white paper at Facebook supported Trump’s claim his campaign made better use of the platform’s ad services than Hillary Clinton’s. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Mueller may release multiple reports on Trump, obstruction and Russian interference," 4 Apr. 2018 That roadmap—to be followed by a formal white paper soon, if her administration lasts that long—includes an integrated market for goods between Britain and the EU. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Moment of Truth for Brexit," 9 July 2018 Europe is not especially eager to have Britain crash out of the union next spring, either, so leaders on the continent are doing their best to drum up enthusiasm for the Chequers white paper. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "The Brexit Crisis Finally Engulfs the Party That Started It," 11 July 2018 In the workshop, participants will be led through a step-by-step process of creating traditional, rectangular white paper as well as circular paper, and shown how to embed items in the paper to create interesting shapes and shadows. charlotteobserver, "What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?," 10 July 2018 The full details will not emerge until a white paper is published later this week. The Economist, "The biggest risk to Theresa May’s new Brexit plan is not from her party," 8 July 2018 McClellan did not disclose his J&J board membership in a 2017 white paper about real-world evidence, which was funded in part by the FDA. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "Top Policy Expert’s Ties To Giant Drugmaker Often Go Unstated," 29 June 2018 The idea of hyperloop transportation was first proposed in a 2013 white paper by Elon Musk. Kate Baggaley /, NBC News, "This trippy optical illusion could make hyperloop tubes transparent," 29 June 2018 Crucially, when the two blocks were inked, aligned and printed, one after the other, those deep cuts let the white paper show through. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of white paper

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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