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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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There, now I'll take off the papers and you'll see a cloud of little ringlets," said Jo, putting down the tongs.
On the papers were written thoughts, ends of thoughts, beginnings of thoughts.
asked Ned, two days later, as he came to the Swift home with some papers needing the signature of the young inventor and his father.
I had never heard the postmaster say anything but `Only papers, to-day,' or, `I've got a sackful of mail for ye,' until this afternoon.
The probation officer, her hands filled with papers, bustled forward and whispered.
Carr, who had dined with his friends under the excuse of not adding to the awkwardness of the first day's housekeeping returned late at night with a mass of papers and drawings, into which he afterwards withdrew, but not until he had delivered himself of a mysterious package entrusted to him by the young men for his daughters.
Certain papers belonging to Colonel Pyncheon, as his grandson distinctly recollected, had been spread out on the table.
Here, before his own wife has greeted him, you may greet the sea-flushed shipmaster, just in port, with his vessel's papers under his arm in a tarnished tin box.
cries the Captain at his busy desk, hurriedly making out his papers for the Customs --"who's there?
First came a stout puffy gentleman with a carpet bag; he wanted to go to the Bishopsgate station; then we were called by a party who wished to be taken to the Regent's Park; and next we were wanted in a side street where a timid, anxious old lady was waiting to be taken to the bank; there we had to stop to take her back again, and just as we had set her down a red-faced gentleman, with a handful of papers, came running up out of breath, and before Jerry could get down he had opened the door, popped himself in, and called out, "Bow Street Police Station, quick
They were to come on the morrow, and he would have the papers all drawn up.
Shelby were seated together in the dining room afore-named, at a table covered with papers and writing utensils.

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