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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 pa•per /ˈpeɪpɚ/
USA pronunciation n.
Printing a substance made from wood pulp, rags, or other fiber, used to write or print on, for wrapping, etc.: a few sheets of paper; wrapping paper. [ uncountable ]
Printing a piece, sheet, or leaf of this: a few papers lying on the floor. [ countable ]
Printing a written or printed document or the like: He went through the papers on his desk. [ countable ]
a newspaper or journal: the tabloid papers. [ countable ]
an essay, article, or scholarly piece of writing, usually intended to be published. [ countable ]
a written piece of schoolwork, as a composition or report: The sixth-grade class had to do a paper on a science project. [ countable ]
Often, papers. a document establishing a person's identity, status, or the like: [plural ] citizenship papers.
money in the form of bills. [ uncountable ]
wallpaper. [ uncountable ] v.
[~ + object ]
to cover with wallpaper: They papered the walls with a beautiful pattern.
to line or cover with paper: to paper the shelves.
paper over, to conceal or cover up (disagreement, trouble, etc.), esp. to keep up a false appearance of agreement: tried to paper over their marital problems for the children's sake. [~ + over + object ] The conflict is obvious now; you can't paper it over anymore. [~ + object + over ] adj.
[before a noun ]
made of paper: a paper bag.
existing on paper only; claimed to exist (as on official documents) but not real: the company's paper profits. Idioms
Idioms on paper:
Idiomsin written or printed form: Let's get down on paper everything that happened. Idiomsclaimed to exist but not real; existing in theory only: The plan looks good on paper, but will it work?
pa•per•er, n. [ countable ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 pa•per
(pā ′pər), USA pronunciation n.
Printinga substance made from wood pulp, rags, straw, or other fibrous material, usually in thin sheets, used to bear writing or printing, for wrapping things, etc.
Printinga piece, sheet, or leaf of this.
Printingsomething resembling this substance, as papyrus.
Printinga written or printed document or the like.
Printingstationery; writing paper.
a newspaper or journal.
an essay, article, or dissertation on a particular topic: a paper on early Mayan artifacts.
Often, papers. a document establishing or verifying identity, status, or the like: citizenship papers.
negotiable notes, bills, etc., as commercial paper or paper money: Only silver, please, no paper.
a promissory note.
Naval Terms papers, a. See [Naut. ] ship's papers. b. See rolling paper.
See toilet paper.
a sheet or card of paper with pins or needles stuck through it in rows.
a set of questions for an examination, an individual set of written answers to them, or any written piece of schoolwork.
Slang Termsa free pass to an entertainment.
Idiomsin written or printed form.
Idiomsin theory rather than in practice. Idiomsexisting only in a preliminary state; in a plan or design: The university building program is still only on paper. v.t.
to cover with wallpaper or apply wallpaper to: They papered the bedroom last summer.
to line or cover with paper.
to distribute handbills, posters, etc., throughout: to paper a neighborhood with campaign literature.
to fold, enclose, or wrap in paper.
to supply with paper.
to deluge with documents, esp. those requiring one to comply with certain technical procedures, as a means of legal harassment: [Informal. ] He papered the plaintiff to force a settlement.
Slang Termsto fill (a theater or the like) with spectators by giving away free tickets or passes.
[Archaic. ] a. to write or set down on paper. b. to describe in writing. v.i.
to apply wallpaper to walls.
paper over, to patch up or attempt to conceal (a difference, disagreement, etc.) so as to preserve a friendship, present a unified opinion, etc.: to paper over a dispute. adj.
made of paper or paperlike material: a paper bag.
paperlike; thin, flimsy, or frail.
of, pertaining to, or noting routine clerical duties.
pertaining to or carried on by means of letters, articles, books, etc.: a paper war.
Printingwritten or printed on paper.
existing in theory or principle only and not in reality: paper profits.
indicating the first event of a series, as a wedding anniversary. See table under wedding anniversary. Slang Termsincluding many patrons admitted on free passes, as an audience for a theatrical performance: It's a paper house tonight.
pa ′per•less, adj.
pa ′per•like′, adj.
Latin papȳrus papyrus Middle English papire 1325–75
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
paper / ˈpeɪpə/ n a substance made from cellulose fibres derived from rags, wood, etc, often with other additives, and formed into flat thin sheets suitable for writing on, decorating walls, wrapping, etc a single piece of such material, esp if written or printed on ( usually plural) documents for establishing the identity of the bearer; credentials ( Also called: ship's papers plural) official documents relating to the ownership, cargo, etc, of a ship ( plural) collected diaries, letters, etc See , newspaper wallpaper See , white paper green paper a lecture or short published treatise on a specific subject a short essay, as by a student a set of written examination questions the student's answers See commercial paper slang a free ticket on paper ⇒ in theory, as opposed to fact adj made of paper: paper cups do not last long thin like paper: paper walls ( prenominal) existing only as recorded on paper but not yet in practice: paper profits, paper expenditure taking place in writing: paper battles vb to cover (walls) with wallpaper ( transitive) to cover or furnish with paper ( transitive) slang to fill (a performance) by giving away free tickets (esp in the phrase paper the house) See also paper over Etymology: 14 th Century: from Latin papyrus ˈpaperer n
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