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Meaning of paper by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A sheet of paper.


    From Anglo-Norman paper, from Old French papier, from Latin papyrus, from Ancient Greek πάπυρος ( papyros ) .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈpeɪpə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈpeɪpɚ/
    • Rhymes: -eɪpə( ɹ )


    paper ( countable and uncountable; plural: papers )

    1. A sheet material used for writing on or printing on ( or as a non-waterproof container ), usually made by draining cellulose fibres from a suspension in water .
    2. A newspaper or anything used as such ( such as a newsletter or listing magazine ) .
    3. ( uncountable ) Wallpaper .
    4. ( uncountable ) Wrapping paper .
    5. A written document, generally shorter than a book ( white paper, term paper ), in particular one written for the Government .
    6. A written document that reports scientific or academic research and is usually subjected to peer review before publication in a scientific journal or in the proceedings of a scientific or academic meeting ( such as a conference, a workshop or a symposium ) .
    7. ( slang ) money .
    8. ( New Zealand ) A university course .


    paper ( not comparable )

    1. Made of paper .
      paper bag
      paper plane
    2. Insubstantial .
      paper tiger


Explanation of paper by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cover with wallpaper

    2. cover with paper

    3. paper the box
    1. the physical object that is the product of a newspaper publisher

    2. when it began to rain he covered his head with a newspaper
    3. a medium for written communication

    4. the notion of an office running without paper is absurd
    5. a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets

    6. he read his newspaper at breakfast
    7. a scholarly article describing the results of observations or stating hypotheses

    8. he has written many scientific papers
    9. an essay ( especially one written as an assignment )

    10. a business firm that publishes newspapers

    11. Murdoch owns many newspapers
    12. a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses

    Definition of paper by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Paper ( pāpẽr ), n. [F. papier, fr. L. papyrus papyrus, from which the Egyptians made a kind of paper, Gr. πάπυρος. Cf. Papyrus.]
      1. A substance in the form of thin sheets or leaves intended to be written or printed on, or to be used in wrapping. It is made of rags, straw, bark, wood, or other fibrous material, which is first reduced to pulp, then molded, pressed, and dried.

      2. A sheet, leaf, or piece of such substance.

      3. A printed or written instrument; a document, essay, or the like; a writing; as, “a paper read before a scientific society”.

      They brought a paper to me to be signed. Dryden.

      4. A printed sheet appearing periodically; a newspaper; a journal; as, “a daily paper”.

      5. Negotiable evidences of indebtedness; notes; bills of exchange, and the like; as, “the bank holds a large amount of his paper”.

      6. Decorated hangings or coverings for walls, made of paper. See Paper hangings, below.

      7. A paper containing ( usually ) a definite quantity; as, “a paper of pins, tacks, opium, etc.”

      8. A medicinal preparation spread upon paper, intended for external application; as, “cantharides paper”.

      9. pl. Documents establishing a person's identity, or status, or attesting to some right, such as the right to drive a vehicle; as, “the border guard asked for his papers”.

      ☞ Paper is manufactured in sheets, the trade names of which, together with the regular sizes in inches, are shown in the following table. But paper makers vary the size somewhat.

      In the manufacture of books, etc., a sheet, of whatever size originally, is termed, when folded once, a folio; folded twice, a quarto, or 4to; three times, an octavo, or 8vo; four times, a sextodecimo, or 16mo; five times, a 32mo; three times, with an offcut folded twice and set in, a duodecimo, or 12mo; four times, with an offcut folded three times and set in, a 24mo.

      ☞ Paper is often used adjectively or in combination, having commonly an obvious signification; as, paper cutter or paper-cutter; paper knife, paper-knife, or paperknife; paper maker, paper-maker, or papermaker; paper mill or paper-mill; paper weight, paper-weight, or paperweight, etc.

      Business paper, checks, notes, drafts, etc., given in payment of actual indebtedness; -- opposed to accommodation paper. -- Fly paper, paper covered with a sticky preparation, -- used for catching flies. -- Laid paper. See under Laid. -- Paper birch ( Bot. ), the canoe birch tree ( Betula papyracea ). -- Paper blockade, an ineffective blockade, as by a weak naval force. -- Paper boat ( Naut. ), a boat made of water-proof paper. -- Paper car wheel ( Railroad ), a car wheel having a steel tire, and a center formed of compressed paper held between two plate-iron disks. Forney. -- Paper credit, credit founded upon evidences of debt, such as promissory notes, duebills, etc. -- Paper hanger, one who covers walls with paper hangings. -- Paper hangings, paper printed with colored figures, or otherwise made ornamental, prepared to be pasted against the walls of apartments, etc.; wall paper. -- Paper house, an audience composed of people who have come in on free passes. [Cant] -- Paper money, notes or bills, usually issued
      by government or by a banking corporation, promising payment of money, and circulated as the representative of coin. -- Paper mulberry. ( Bot. ) See under Mulberry. -- Paper muslin, glazed muslin, used for linings, etc. -- Paper nautilus. ( Zool. ) See Argonauta. -- Paper reed ( Bot. ), the papyrus. -- Paper sailor. ( Zool. ) See Argonauta. -- Paper stainer, one who colors or stamps wall paper. De Colange. -- Paper wasp ( Zool. ), any wasp which makes a nest of paperlike material, as the yellow jacket. -- Paper weight, any object used as a weight to prevent loose papers from being displaced by wind, or otherwise. -- on paper. in writing; as, “I would like to see that on paper”. in theory, though not necessarily in paractice. in the design state; planned, but not yet put into practice. -- Parchment paper. See Papyrine. -- Tissue paper, thin, gauzelike paper, such as is used to protect engravings in books. -- Wall paper. Same as Paper hangings, above. -- Waste paper, paper thrown aside as worthless or us
      eless, except for uses of little account. -- Wove paper, a writing paper with a uniform surface, not ribbed or watermarked. -- paper tiger, a person or group that appears to be powerful and dangerous but is in fact weak and ineffectual.

    2. paper ( pāpẽr ), a.
      1. Of or pertaining to paper; made of paper; resembling paper.

      2. Existing only on paper; unsubstantial; having very overrated power; as, “a paper box; a paper army; a paper tiger.”

    3. paper, v. t. [imp. & p. p. papered ( pāpẽrd ); p. pr. & vb. n. papering.]
      1. To cover or line with paper, especially with wallpaper; to furnish with paper hangings; to wallpaper; as, “to paper a room or a house”.

      2. To fold or inclose in paper.

      3. To put on paper; to make a memorandum of. [Obs.]