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  1. pa·per
    IPA[ˈpāpər]
  2. noun

    • 1. material manufactured in thin sheets from the pulp of wood or other fibrous substances, used for writing, drawing, or printing on, or as wrapping material:

      a sheet of paper a paper bag
    • 2. wallpaper:

      the walls were damp—paper hung away in long strips
      Synonym : wallpaper, wallcovering, woodchip, Anaglypta, Lincrusta
    • 3. short for cigarette paper

    • 4. a piece or sheet of paper with something written or drawn on it:

      he riffled through the papers on his desk
    • 5. a newspaper:

      the story made the front page of the local paper
      Synonym : newspaper, print, rag
    • 6. significant or important documents belonging to a person:

      the personal papers of major political figures
      Synonym : documents, certificates, forms, letters, files, deeds, records, dossiers, diaries, archives, legal papers, paperwork, documentation, treeware, muniments, instruments, assignments
    • 7. documents attesting identity; credentials:

      two men stopped us and asked us for our papers
      Synonym : identification papers, identification documents, identity card, ID, credentials, bona fides
    • 8. a government report or policy document:

      a recently leaked cabinet paper
      Synonym : documents, certificates, forms, letters, files, deeds, records, dossiers, diaries, archives, legal papers, paperwork, documentation, treeware, muniments, instruments, assignments
    • 9. denoting something that is officially documented but has no real existence:

      a paper profit
    • 10. an essay or thesis, especially one read at an academic lecture or seminar or published in an academic journal:

      he published a highly original paper on pattern formation
    • 11. free passes of admission to a theater or other entertainment.

    verb

    • 1. apply wallpaper to (a wall or room):

      the walls were papered in a Regency stripe
    • 2. cover a hole or blemish with wallpaper:

      interior panels can be of fairly basic wood that will be papered over
    • 3. disguise an awkward problem instead of resolving it:

      the ill feeling between her and Jenny must have been papered over
    • 4. fill (a theater) by giving out free tickets:

      surely the theater could at least have papered the house if the box office was looking so poor
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: paper, plural noun: papers

    • v.: verb: paper, 3rd person present: papers, gerund or present participle: papering, past tense: papered, past participle: papered

    • noun

      material manufactured in thin sheets from the pulp of wood or other fibrous substances, used for writing, drawing, or printing on, or as wrapping material:

      wallpaper:

    • verb

      apply wallpaper to (a wall or room):

      cover a hole or blemish with wallpaper:

    • noun

      paper in the form of a long, narrow strip.

      paper in the form of a long narrow strip with holes punched in it, used in older computer systems for conveying data or instructions.

    • noun

      soft, absorbent paper, originally imported from China and used for proofs of engravings.

      very thin, tough, opaque printing paper, used especially for Bibles.

    • noun

      foil made of aluminum or other silver-colored metal.

      fine white tissue paper.

    • noun

      the action of processing forms and other paperwork, especially when considered excessive.

      the attempt to gain academic qualifications, especially a law degree.

    • noun

      paper in sheets or on a roll for wiping oneself clean after urination or defecation.
    • noun

      strong or decorative paper for wrapping parcels or presents.
    • noun

      a mill in which paper is made.
    • noun

      money in the form of banknotes.
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