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1. 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.
2. A single sheet of this material.
3. One or more sheets of paper bearing writing or printing, especially:
a. A formal written composition intended to be published, presented, or read aloud; a scholarly essay or treatise.
b. A piece of written work for school; a report or theme.
c. often papers An official document, especially one establishing the identity of the bearer.
4. papers A collection of letters, diaries, and other writings, especially by one person: the Madison papers.
5. Short-term debt instruments, especially commercial paper.
6. A newspaper.
7. Wallpaper.
8. A wrapper made of paper, often with its contents: a paper of pins.
9. Slang
a. A free pass to a theater.
b. The audience admitted with free passes.
tr.v. pa·pered, pa·per·ing, pa·pers
1. To cover, wrap, or line with paper.
2. To cover with wallpaper.
3. To supply with paper.
4. Slang To issue free passes for (a theater, for example).
5. To construct (something) in haste and with little forethought: papered together a new coalition of political convenience.
1. Made of paper.
2. Resembling paper, as in thinness or flimsiness.
3. Of or relating to clerical work: paper duties.
a. Existing only in printed or written form: paper profits; a paper corporation.
b. Planned but not realized; theoretical.
Phrasal Verb:
paper over
1. To put or keep out of sight; conceal: paper over a deficit with accounting gimmicks.
2. To downplay or gloss over (differences, for example), especially in order to maintain a nominal, apparent, or temporary unity.
in paper
With a paperback binding; as a paperback.
on paper
1. In writing or print.
2. In theory, as opposed to actual performance or fact: It is a good team on paper, but its members play poorly together.

[Middle English, from Old French papier, from Latin papȳrus, papyrus plant, papyrus paper, from Greek papūros.]

pa′per·er n.
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Noun1.papers - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)papers - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
piece of writing, written material, writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
clause, article - a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)
preamble - a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)
ballot - a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting
brevet - a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily (but without higher pay)
capitulation - a document containing the terms of surrender
certificate, credential, credentials, certification - a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
charter - a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation
commercial document, commercial instrument - a document of or relating to commerce
confession - a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party
copyright, right of first publication - a document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work
inclosure, enclosure - something (usually a supporting document) that is enclosed in an envelope with a covering letter
form - a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form"
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
papyrus - a document written on papyrus
patent, patent of invention - a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
political platform, political program, platform, program - a document stating the aims and principles of a political party; "their candidate simply ignored the party platform"; "they won the election even though they offered no positive program"
resignation - a formal document giving notice of your intention to resign; "he submitted his resignation as of next month"
resolution, resolve, declaration - a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
source - a document (or organization) from which information is obtained; "the reporter had two sources for the story"
specification - (patent law) a document drawn up by the applicant for a patent of invention that provides an explicit and detailed description of the nature and use of an invention
voucher - a document that serves as evidence of some expenditure
report, written report, study - a written document describing the findings of some individual or group; "this accords with the recent study by Hill and Dale"


[ˈpeɪpəz] npl (writings, documents) → carte fpl; (identity papers) → documenti mpl (di riconoscimento)
old papers → scartoffie fpl
Churchill's private papers → gli scritti or i documenti privati di Churchill
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I speak of these because I am more familiar with them than with any other German papers.
Among them odd heaps of old papers, this gentleman, when he comes into the property, naturally begins to rummage, don't you see?
De Witt, after having said some few words to Cornelius, the meaning of which the prying neighbour could not read in the movement of his lips, took from his breast pocket a white parcel, carefully sealed, which Boxtel, judging from the manner in which Cornelius received it, and placed it in one of the presses, supposed to contain papers of the greatest importance.
The morning papers on Saturday contained, in addition to lengthy special articles on the planet Mars, on life in the planets, and so forth, a brief and vaguely worded telegram, all the more striking for its brevity.
His wife sat by the fire and wept, with her face in her hands; his eldest son was crouched upon the floor, running over a great mass of papers and now and again setting one alight and burning it to the bitter end; all the while a servant lass with a red face was rummaging about the room, in a blind hurry of fear, and whimpering as she went; and every now and again one of the men would thrust in his face from the yard, and cry for orders.
Some obtain these testimonials with good intentions, others put them to a cunning use; for when they go to pillage on Christian territory, if they chance to be cast away, or taken prisoners, they produce their certificates and say that from these papers may be seen the object they came for, which was to remain on Christian ground, and that it was to this end they joined the Turks in their foray.
Some, however, have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have not offered a field for those peculiar qualities which my friend possessed in so high a degree, and which it is the object of these papers to illustrate.
My subject is Greek, and the first of the papers consists of a large passage of Greek translation which the candidate has not seen.
What does it matter how I took possession of the papers in his iron box?
There were twenty-three snipped papers," resumed Brown unmoved, "and only twenty-two pieces snipped off.
On the papers were written thoughts, ends of thoughts, beginnings of thoughts.
To my unspeakable disappointment I found but few papers of any kind to examine.

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