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Definition of Paper


  1. Cloth or paper covered with powdered carborundum.
  2. A substance in the form of thin sheets or leaves intended to be written or printed on, or to be used in wrapping. It is made of rags, straw, bark, wood, or other fibrous material, which is first reduced to pulp, then molded, pressed, and dried.
  3. A sheet, leaf, or piece of such substance.
  4. A printed or written instrument; a document, essay, or the like; a writing; as, a paper read before a scientific society.
  5. A printed sheet appearing periodically; a newspaper; a journal; as, a daily paper.
  6. Negotiable evidences of indebtedness; notes; bills of exchange, and the like; as, the bank holds a large amount of his paper.
  7. Decorated hangings or coverings for walls, made of paper. See Paper hangings, below.
  8. A paper containing (usually) a definite quantity; as, a paper of pins, tacks, opium, etc.
  9. A medicinal preparation spread upon paper, intended for external application; as, cantharides paper.
  10. Of or pertaining to paper; made of paper; resembling paper; existing only on paper; unsubstantial; as, a paper box; a paper army.
  11. To cover with paper; to furnish with paper hangings; as, to paper a room or a house.
  12. To fold or inclose in paper.
  13. To put on paper; to make a memorandum of.

Paper Quotations

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
Amelia Earhart

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
Pablo Picasso

I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said 'Happy Birthday' on it. I didn't want to waste it so I just wrote 'Jesus' on it.
Demetri Martin

'Hamlet' is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper. All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what's real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad.
Michael Sheen

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice - no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.
John Burroughs
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Paper Translations

paper in Afrikaans is dokument
paper in Danish is papir
paper in Dutch is bescheid, document, papier, akte
paper in Finnish is paperi
paper in French is document, papier
paper in Italian is documento, carta, gazzetta
paper in Norwegian is papir, dokument
paper in Portuguese is papel
paper in Spanish is ponencia, documento, papel, escrito, gaceta
paper in Swedish is tidning, papper
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