- 1 [mass 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: a sheet of paper [as modifier]: a paper napkin [count noun]: toffee papersMore example sentences
- The first thing to buy is a large sheet of white thick paper or thin card, which you gently bend into a right angled curve.
- Taking out a sheet of paper with lots of writing on it, Daria nodded, took a deep breath, and began her story.
- She slid her nail along the top to open it and pulled out a single sheet of paper with a drawing and a sentence hastily scribbled along the bottom.
- 1.1Wallpaper: the walls were damp—paper hung away in long stripsMore example sentences
- A paper-hanging brush is about 25 cm wide, and is for smoothing bubbles out of freshly hung paper.
- Wallpaper consists of a backing, ground coat, applied ink, and sometimes paste on the backing used to adhere the paper to the wall.
- If the wallpaper patch is prepasted paper, soak it in warm water for 30 seconds.
- 2 (usually papers) A sheet of paper with something written or printed on it: he riffled through the papers on his deskMore example sentences
- His first book on folklore, Custom and Myth, did not appear until 1884, but contained papers written and printed much earlier.
- Well, they're probably excited they don't have to write any papers right now for their professors.
- While studying at SFU, Terry would write his papers on cancer research.
- 2.1A newspaper: the story made the front page of the local paperMore example sentences
- Besides the general-circulation papers, newspapers continued to flourish as agents of various special communities.
- New York had nine daily newspapers then, plus papers in Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey, and three wire services.
- These findings provide a prescription for future newspaper content if papers are to gain young readers now and keep them in the future.
- 2.2 (papers) Personal documents: the personal papers of major political figuresMore example sentences
- No matter how stupid a question or trivial an issue, the denial of full access to all files, working papers, memos, personal notes and so on will be treated as a cover-up.
- They reconstructed the history out of personal papers, official reports, and interviews.
- Shred personal or financial papers; archive long-term records, such as tax returns.
- 2.3 (papers) Documents attesting identity; credentials: two men stopped us and asked us for our papersMore example sentences
- The Russians discovered, among other documents, false identity papers, including a Sudanese passport that he sometimes used.
- He carried no papers or proof of identity, as such documents would have endangered his family who remained behind, if he had been captured.
- They could not immediately identify the boy, whom they described as too young to have official identity papers.
- 2.4A government report or policy document: a recently leaked cabinet paperMore example sentences
- Detailed policy papers, letters and ministerial submissions are taped and listened to late into the evening, absorbed at double the normal speed.
- I think that both the report and the strategy paper are positive documents for Bulgaria.
- Based on that work stage three of the process will see the production of a series of policy papers setting out various options
- 2.5 [as modifier] Denoting something that is officially documented but has no real existence: a paper profitMore example sentences
- Once you've completed the sale that paper profit becomes real lolly that you can go out and spend or buy even more shares.
- If you cash them in now you turn what is still a paper loss into a real loss.
- Thirdly, save for its existence as a paper entry, it is unclear what assets are in the Business Reserve Account or in whose names.
- 3British A set of examination questions to be answered at one session: we had to sit a three-hour paperMore example sentences
- I need to sit four papers (three hour exams) to graduate with the Masters, one paper per subject.
- The body found that the standard of question papers had been fair, the conduct of examinations was regular, and the standard of marking and internal moderation was good.
- While teachers and pupils are asked to retain question papers following the annual exam diet in May and June, there are rarely enough copies for every pupil.
- 3.1The written answers to examination questions: you need to test your students, mark their papers, and place them in the right classMore example sentences
- However, the examiners who mark their papers will not be made aware of their circumstances, in order to preserve the integrity of the exams process.
- The number of answer papers identifying all the scarecrows correctly was higher than usual.
- The Department of Education and Science is also preparing to advertise for examiners to correct the papers to ensure the exams go ahead in June as planned.
- 4An essay or dissertation, especially one read at an academic lecture or seminar or published in an academic journal: he published a highly original paper on pattern formationMore example sentences
- I presented my paper at the first session and, relieved it was over, took the nearest free seat.
- This paper examines that question by considering the acute phase of care provided by the public sector.
- Thursday had the best of the paper sessions from my point of view.
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- 1Apply wallpaper to (a wall or room): the walls were papered in a Regency stripe
- 1.1 (paper something over) Cover a hole or blemish with wallpaper: interior panels can be of fairly basic wood that will be papered overMore example sentences
- Never paper over existing wallpaper that is not firmly adhering to the wall surface.
- Usually you will not want to paint or paper over old wallpaper but will want to remove it instead.
- The council have sent out plasterers but I send them away because I don't want it replastered and the cracks papered over.
- 1.2 (paper something over) Disguise an awkward problem instead of resolving it: the unions tried to paper over their differencesMore example sentences
- But the gaping holes in the U.S. stance are being largely papered over in news coverage.
- But there are concerns that there will still be unfilled vacancies, and that schools are resorting to supply cover and swapping staff from subject to subject to paper over cracks.
- The damage they have done to this country's sense of itself as a moral force for good, however, cannot be papered over with soaring speeches about freedom and liberty.
be not worth the paper it is written on
- Be of no value or validity despite having been written down: his tenancy agreement may not now be worth the paper it’s written onMore example sentences
- We refuse to sign some agreement that's probably not worth the paper it's written on.
- The legislation currently in place is not worth the paper it's written on… you can find out very little about a person that might be a risk,’ she told the Waterford News & Star.
- You only have to look at the source of this ‘research’ to realise it's probably not worth the paper it's written on.
make the papers
- Be written about in newspapers and thus become famous: he thought he’d jump off the Brooklyn Bridge and make the papersMore example sentences
- The incidence of maternal morbidity is now so low that it makes the papers rather than popular novels.
- When a tourist gets robbed in Madrid that doesn't make the papers.
- If something happens out in the middle of the country or to somebody who's not so affluent, it doesn't make the papers.
- In writing: Portuguese, although similar to Spanish on paper, is pronounced completely differentlyMore example sentences
- Of course Annie is his child whatever the law said or didn't say but it'll still be nice to have it down on paper and all official.
- In his free time he began a long exploration of country and feeling, traced in these works on paper.
- I mean, if you really have an idea, you ought to be able to put it down on paper and words.
- In theory rather than in reality: the combatants were, on paper at least, evenly matchedMore example sentences
- One may say that this sounds good on paper, but does this really model what happens in reality?
- It seemed a feasible plan on paper, to the top and back in a day and a half.
- She is one of those rare people who come across as very smart in person, not just on paper.
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- In hanging wallpaper along the outside corner of a passageway utilizing the trimmer guide of this invention, the paperer first wraps the wet paper around the corner and onto the inside of the passageway a couple of inches and "sticking" it there temporarily.
- Many a paperer comes ‘unstuck’ by buying a paste that is not suitable for the paper that they have bought. A good quality paste gives good quality results.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French papir, from Latin papyrus 'paper-reed' (see papyrus). The verb dates from the late 16th century.