• (noun): A material made of cellulose pulp, derived mainly from wood, rags, and certain grasses, processed into flexible sheets or rolls by deposit from an aqueous suspension, and used chiefly for writing, printing, drawing, wrapping, and covering walls.
  • (noun): A single sheet of this material.
  • (noun): One or more sheets of paper bearing writing or printing, especially:
  • (noun): A formal written composition intended to be published, presented, or read aloud; a scholarly essay or treatise.
  • (noun): A piece of written work for school; a report or theme.
  • (noun): An official document, especially one establishing the identity of the bearer. Often used in the plural.
  • (noun): A collection of letters, diaries, and other writings, especially by one person: the Madison papers.
  • (noun): Commercial documents that represent value and can be transferred from owner to owner; negotiable instruments considered as a group: "billions more invested in American stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, and other paper” ( Christian Science Monitor).
  • (noun): A newspaper.
  • (noun): Wallpaper.
  • (noun): A wrapper made of paper, often with its contents: a paper of pins.
  • (noun): Slang A free pass to a theater.
  • (noun): Slang The audience admitted with free passes.
  • (verb-transitive): To cover, wrap, or line with paper.
  • (verb-transitive): To cover with wallpaper.
  • (verb-transitive): To supply with paper.
  • (verb-transitive): Slang To issue free passes for (a theater, for example).
  • (verb-transitive): To construct (something) in haste and with little forethought: papered together a new coalition of political convenience.
  • (adjective): Made of paper.
  • (adjective): Resembling paper, as in thinness or flimsiness.
  • (adjective): Of or relating to clerical work: paper duties.
  • (adjective): Existing only in printed or written form: paper profits; a paper corporation.
  • (adjective): Planned but not realized; theoretical.
  • (phrasal-verb): paper over To put or keep out of sight; conceal: paper over a deficit with accounting gimmicks.
  • (phrasal-verb): paper over To downplay or gloss over (differences, for example), especially in order to maintain a nominal, apparent, or temporary unity.
  • (idiom): in paper With a paperback binding; as a paperback.
  • (idiom): on paper In writing or print.
  • (idiom): on paper In theory, as opposed to actual performance or fact: It is a good team on paper, but its members play poorly together.

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  • (noun): the physical object that is the product of a newspaper publisher; "when it began to rain he covered his head with a newspaper"
  • (noun): a business firm that publishes newspapers; "Murdoch owns many newspapers"
  • (noun): a scholarly article describing the results of observations or stating hypotheses; "he has written many scientific papers"
  • (noun): a medium for written communication; "the notion of an office running without paper is absurd"
  • (noun): a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements; "he read his newspaper at breakfast"
  • (noun): an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition"
  • (noun): a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
  • (verb): cover with wallpaper
  • (verb): cover with paper; "paper the box"

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Paper is a thin material produced by pressing together moist fibres of cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets.
It is a versatile material with many uses, including writing, printing, packaging, cleaning, and a number of industrial and construction processes.
The pulp papermaking process is said to have been developed in China during the early 2nd century CE, possibly as early as the year 105 CE, by the Han court eunuch Cai Lun, although the earliest archaeological fragments of paper derive from the 2nd century BCE in China.
The modern pulp and paper industry is global, with China leading its production and the United States right behind it.

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  • And I'm still damn stressed cuz in 2 weeks 'time will be our science practical mid-year paper, and in 1 month's time will be our mid-year paper… damn…

  • An artifact kind identified by a common description or concept can include several subtypes or species; for example, there are different paper clip types for which their authors (that is, their inventors) obtained separate patents; these fall under the more general artifact kind ˜paper clip™.

  • The sensitive paper may be readily prepared, the only requisite quality in the _paper_ itself being its ability to stand washing.

  • The volume is chiefly printed on paper _made from straw_; the appendix is on _paper made from wood alone_.

  • We have all had occasion to write on our hand, either because no paper was available or because we knew we'd probably forget the bit of ­paper along with the thing we'd written on it

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