[pey-per] /ˈpeɪ pər/
a 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.
a piece, sheet, or leaf of this.
something resembling this substance, as papyrus.
a written or printed document or the like.
stationery; 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:
negotiable notes, bills, etc., as commercial paper or paper money:
Only silver, please, no paper.
a promissory note.
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. a free pass to an entertainment.
verb (used with object)
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.
Informal. to deluge with documents, especially those requiring one to comply with certain technical procedures, as a means of legal harassment:
He papered the plaintiff to force a settlement.
Slang. to fill (a theater or the like) with spectators by giving away free tickets or passes.
verb (used without object)
to apply to walls.
made of paper or paperlike material:
a paper bag.
paperlike; thin, flimsy, or frail.
of, relating to, or noting routine clerical duties.
pertaining to or carried on by means of letters, articles, books, etc.:
a paper war.
written or printed on paper.
existing in theory or principle only and not in reality:
indicating the first event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.
Slang. including many patrons admitted on free passes, as an audience for a theatrical performance:
It’s a paper house tonight.
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.
of, relating to, or denoting a means of communication, record keeping, etc, esp electronic, that does not use paper: the paperless office
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 related adjective papyraceous
a single piece of such material, esp if written or printed on
(usually pl) documents for establishing the identity of the bearer; credentials
(pl) Also called ship’s papers. official documents relating to the ownership, cargo, etc, of a ship
(pl) collected diaries, letters, etc
See newspaper, wallpaper
(government) See white paper, green paper, command paper
a lecture or short published treatise on a specific subject
a short essay, as by a student
(commerce) See commercial paper
(theatre, slang) a free ticket
on paper, in theory, as opposed to fact: it was a good idea on paper, but failed in practice
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
to cover (walls) with wallpaper
(transitive) to cover or furnish with paper
(transitive) (theatre, slang) to fill (a performance) by giving away free tickets (esp in the phrase paper the house)
1938 of cigarettes; 1967 of banks; 1971 of offices, from paper (n.) + -less.
mid-14c., from Anglo-French paper, Old French papier “paper, document,” from Latin papyrus “paper, paper made of papyrus stalks” (see papyrus).
Meaning “paper money” attested from 1722. As shortened form of newspaper, first attested 1640s. In plural, “collection of papers to establish one’s identity, credentials, etc.,” it is attested from 1680s. Paper chase is British slang from 1932.
1590s, “to write down on paper,” from paper (n.). Meaning “to decorate a room with paper hangings” is from 1774. Related: Papered; papering. Verbal phrase paper over in the figurative sense is from 1955, from the notion of hiding plaster cracks with wallaper.
1590s, from paper (n.). Figurative of something flimsy or unsubstantial from 1716. Paper tiger (1952) translates Chinese tsuh lao fu, popularized by Mao Zedong. Paper doll attested from 1849; paper plate from 1723.
bad paper, on paper, peddle one’s papers, walking papers
The expression in the Authorized Version (Isa. 19:7), “the paper reeds by the brooks,” is in the Revised Version more correctly “the meadows by the Nile.” The words undoubtedly refer to a grassy place on the banks of the Nile fit for pasturage. In 2 John 1:12 the word is used in its proper sense. The material so referred to was manufactured from the papyrus, and hence its name. The papyrus (Heb. gome) was a kind of bulrush (q.v.). It is mentioned by Job (8:11) and Isaiah (35:7). It was used for many purposes. This plant (Papyrus Nilotica) is now unknown in Egypt; no trace of it can be found. The unaccountable disappearance of this plant from Egypt was foretold by Isaiah (19:6, 7) as a part of the divine judgment on that land. The most extensive papyrus growths now known are in the marshes at the northern end of the lake of Merom.
In addition to the idiom beginning with
- Paperless trail
noun electronic financial or published documents from which an individual’s or organization’s actions or opinions may be traced or discovered
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