Definition of Paper

1. Noun. A material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses.

2. Verb. Cover with paper. "Paper the box"
Generic synonyms: Cover

3. Noun. An essay (especially one written as an assignment). "He got an A on his composition"
Exact synonyms: Composition, Report, Theme
Generic synonyms: Essay
Specialized synonyms: Term Paper

4. Verb. Cover with wallpaper.
Exact synonyms: Wallpaper
Generic synonyms: Cover
Derivative terms: Paperer, Papering, Wallpaper, Wallpaperer

5. Noun. A daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements. "He read his newspaper at breakfast"

6. Noun. A medium for written communication. "The notion of an office running without paper is absurd"
Generic synonyms: Medium
Substance meronyms: Page

7. Noun. A scholarly article describing the results of observations or stating hypotheses. "He has written many scientific papers"
Generic synonyms: Article

8. Noun. A business firm that publishes newspapers. "Murdoch owns many newspapers"

9. Noun. The physical object that is the product of a newspaper publisher. "When it began to rain he covered his head with a newspaper"
Exact synonyms: Newspaper
Generic synonyms: Product, Production

Definition of Paper

1. n. 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. Of or pertaining to paper; made of paper; resembling paper; existing only on paper; unsubstantial; as, a paper box; a paper army.

3. v. t. To cover with paper; to furnish with paper hangings; as, to paper a room or a house.

Definition of Paper

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. A newspaper or anything used as such (such as a newsletter or listing magazine). ¹

3. Noun. Wallpaper. ¹

4. Noun. Wrapping paper. ¹

5. Noun. A written document, generally shorter than a book (''white paper'', ''term paper''), in particular one written for the Government. ¹

6. Noun. 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). ¹

7. Noun. (slang) money. ¹

8. Noun. (New Zealand) A university course. ¹

9. Adjective. Made of paper. ¹

10. Adjective. Insubstantial. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To apply paper to. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To document; to memorialize. ¹

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Definition of Paper

1. to cover or wrap with paper (a thin sheet material made of cellulose pulp) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Paper

1. 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. 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 Laid. Paper birch, 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. 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 useless, except for uses of little account. Wove paper, a writing paper with a uniform surface, not ribbed or watermarked. Origin: F. Papier, fr. L. Papyrus papyrus, from which the Egyptians made a kind of paper, Gr. Cf. Papyrus. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Paper

papaw tree
papaya family
papaya juice
papaya tree
paper-back book
paper aeroplane
paper aeroplanes
paper airplane
paper airplanes
paper bag
paper ballot
paper ballots

Literary usage of Paper

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot (1873)
"8vo, paper, $1 00 ; Cloth, $1 50. To be followed by the Author's other novels. ... paper, $1 25. BLACKWELL'S The Island Neighbors. Illustrated. ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1891)
"By Major ALFRED R. Слышим. paper cover, 50 ceols ; bound volume, $1.00. 7. ... paper cover, 50 cents ; bound volume, $1.00. 15-THE OLD LIFE'S SHADOWS. ..."

3. Annual Report by Iowa Highway Commission (1915)
"6, Book Store, blue print paper, July, $26.44; Book Store, ... P0; JW But'e* paper Co., wrapping paper and photo filing ..."

4. Proceedings by Classical Association of England and Wales (1904)
"The typography, paper, and margins leave practically nothing to be desired; ... Complete on India paper, azs. WILKINS. 3s. 6d. Complete with Vol. ..."

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