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paper

  

      n  
1    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 adj       papyraceous  
2    a single piece of such material, esp. if written or printed on  
3    usually pl   documents for establishing the identity of the bearer; credentials  
4    pl     (Also called)    ships papers   official documents relating to the ownership, cargo, etc., of a ship  
5    pl   collected diaries, letters, etc.  
6       See       newspaper       wallpaper  
7      (Government)      See       white paper       green paper       command paper  
8    a lecture or short published treatise on a specific subject  
9    a short essay, as by a student  
10   
a    a set of written examination questions  
b    the student's answers  
11      (Commerce)      See       commercial paper  
12      (Theatre, slang)   a free ticket  
13    on paper   in theory, as opposed to fact  
it was a good idea on paper, but failed in practice     
      adj  
14    made of paper  
paper cups do not last long     
15    thin like paper  
paper walls     
16    prenominal   existing only as recorded on paper but not yet in practice  
paper profits, paper expenditure     
17    taking place in writing  
paper battles     
      vb  
18    to cover (walls) with wallpaper  
19    tr   to cover or furnish with paper  
20    tr     (Theatre, slang)   to fill (a performance) by giving away free tickets (esp. in the phrase paper the house),   (See also)        paper over  
     (C14: from Latin papyrus)  
  paperer      n  
  papery      adj  
  paperiness      n  


art paper  
      n   a high-quality type of paper having a smooth coating of china clay or similar substance on it  
ballot paper  
      n   a paper used for voting in a ballot, esp. (in a parliamentary or local government election) one having the names of the candidates printed on it  
Bible paper  
      n  
1    a thin tough opaque paper used for Bibles, prayer books, and reference books  
2    (not in technical usage) another name for India paper  
blotting paper  
      n   a soft absorbent unsized paper, used esp. for soaking up surplus ink  
bond paper  
      n   a superior quality of strong white paper, used esp. for writing and typing  
bromide paper  
      n   a type of photographic paper coated with an emulsion of silver bromide usually containing a small quantity of silver iodide  
brown paper  
      n   a coarse unbleached paper used for wrapping  
building paper  
      n   any of various types of heavy-duty paper that usually consist of bitumen reinforced with fibre sandwiched between two sheets of kraft paper: used in damp-proofing or as insulation between the soil and a road surface  
carbonless paper  
      n   a sheet of paper impregnated with dye which transfers writing or typing onto the copying surface below without the necessity for carbon pigment  
   See       carbon paper  
carbon paper  
      n  
1    a thin sheet of paper coated on one side with a dark waxy pigment, often containing carbon, that is transferred by the pressure of writing or of typewriter keys onto the copying surface below,   (Often shortened to)    carbon  
2       another name for       carbon tissue  
cartridge paper  
      n  
1    an uncoated type of drawing or printing paper, usually made from bleached sulphate wood pulp with an addition of esparto grass  
2    a heavy paper used in making cartridges or as drawing or printing paper  
cigarette paper  
      n   a piece of thin paper rolled around tobacco to form a cigarette  
command paper  
      n   (in Britain) a government document that is presented to Parliament, in theory by royal command  
   See also       green paper       white paper  
commercial paper  
      n   a short-term negotiable document, such as a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc., calling for the transference of a specified sum of money at a designated date  
corrugated paper  
      n   a packaging material made from layers of heavy paper, the top layer of which is grooved and ridged  
crepe paper  
      n   thin crinkled coloured paper, resembling crepe and used for decorations  
euro-commercial paper  
      n   commercial paper issued in a eurocurrency  
filter paper  
      n   a porous paper used for filtering liquids  
flock paper  
      n   a type of wallpaper with a raised pattern  
   See also       flock   1       3  
funny paper  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)   a section or separate supplement of a newspaper, etc., containing comic strips  
garnet paper  
      n   sandpaper having powdered garnet as the abrasive  
graph paper  
      n   paper printed with intersecting lines, usually horizontal and vertical and equally spaced, for drawing graphs, diagrams, etc.  
greaseproof paper  
      n   any paper that is resistant to penetration by greases and oils  
green paper  
      n   often caps   (in Britain) a command paper containing policy proposals to be discussed, esp. by Parliament  
height-to-paper  
      n   the overall height of printing plates and type, standardized as 0.9175 inch (Brit.) and 0.9186 inch (U.S.)  
India paper  
      n  
1    a thin soft opaque printing paper made in the Orient  
2       another name (not in technical usage) for       Bible paper  
laid paper  
      n   paper with a regular mesh impressed upon it by the dandy roller on a paper-making machine  
   Compare       wove paper  
lavatory paper  
      n     (Brit)      another name for       toilet paper  
linen paper  
      n   paper made from flax fibres or having a similar texture  
Manila paper   , Manilla paper  
      n   a strong usually brown paper made from Manila hemp or similar fibres  
mercantile paper  
      n      another name for       commercial paper  
music paper  
      n   paper ruled or printed with a stave for writing music  
order paper  
      n   a list indicating the order in which business is to be conducted, esp. in Parliament  
paper chase  
      n   a former type of cross-country run in which a runner laid a trail of paper for others to follow  
paper-cutter  
      n   a machine for cutting paper, usually a blade mounted over a table on which paper can be aligned  
paper filigree  
      n      another name for       rolled paperwork  
paper money  
      n   paper currency issued by the government or the central bank as legal tender and which circulates as a substitute for specie  
paper mulberry  
      n   a small moraceous E Asian tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, the inner bark of which was formerly used for making paper in Japan  
   See also       tapa  
paper nautilus  
      n   any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Argonauta, esp. A. argo, of warm and tropical seas, having a papery external spiral shell: order Octopoda (octopods),   (Also called)    argonaut      Compare       pearly nautilus  
paper over  
      vb   tr, adv   to conceal (something controversial or unpleasant)  
paper tape  
      n   a strip of paper for recording information in the form of rows of either six or eight holes, some or all of which are punched to produce a combination used as a discrete code symbol, formerly used in computers, telex machines, etc.,   (U.S. equivalent)    perforated tape  
paper tiger  
      n   a nation, institution, etc., that appears powerful but is in fact weak or insignificant  
     (C20: translation of a Chinese phrase first applied to the US)  
rice paper  
      n  
1    a thin semitransparent edible paper made from the straw of rice, on which macaroons and similar cakes are baked  
2    a thin delicate Chinese paper made from an araliaceous plant, Tetrapanax papyriferum (rice-paper plant) of Taiwan, the pith of which is pared and flattened into sheets  
run-of-paper  
      adj   (of a story, advertisement, etc.) placed anywhere in a newspaper, at the discretion of the editor  
test paper  
      n  
1      (Chem)   paper impregnated with an indicator for use in chemical tests  
   See also       litmus  
2      (Brit. education)  
a    the question sheet of a test  
b    the paper completed by a test candidate  
tissue paper  
      n   very thin soft delicate paper used to wrap breakable goods, as decoration, etc.  
toilet paper   , tissue  
      n   thin absorbent paper, often wound in a roll round a cardboard cylinder (toilet roll), used for cleaning oneself after defecation or urination  
tracing paper  
      n   strong transparent paper used for tracing  
turmeric paper  
      n     (Chem)   paper impregnated with turmeric used as a test for alkalis, which turn it brown, and for boric acid, which turns it reddish brown  
two-name paper  
      n     (U.S. finance)   a commercial paper signed by two persons both of whom accept full liability  
wax paper  
      n   paper treated or coated with wax or paraffin to make it waterproof  
white paper  
      n   often caps   an official government report in any of a number of countries, including Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, which sets out the government's policy on a matter that is or will come before Parliament  
wove paper  
      n   paper with a very faint mesh impressed on it by the dandy roller on the paper-making machine  
   Compare       laid paper  
writing paper  
      n   paper sized to take writing ink and used for letters and other manuscripts  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
expression used to designate something that happens very rarely
adv.
a lot; very much; in a great quantity; endlessly
[Fig.] E.g. love someone to the moon and back=love someone very much
n.
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
n.
act of covering an object, such as a tree, house, or another structure with toilet paper
Syn.: TP'ing
nm.
acronym of Lunar Module, little vehicle created especially to move on the moon during XXth century 's space conquest.

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