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NOUN (7)

1. a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses;

2. an essay (especially one written as an assignment);
- Example: "he got an A on his composition"
[syn: composition, paper, report, theme]

3. a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements;
- Example: "he read his newspaper at breakfast"
[syn: newspaper, paper]

4. a medium for written communication;
- Example: "the notion of an office running without paper is absurd"

5. a scholarly article describing the results of observations or stating hypotheses;
- Example: "he has written many scientific papers"

6. a business firm that publishes newspapers;
- Example: "Murdoch owns many newspapers"
[syn: newspaper, paper, newspaper publisher]

7. the physical object that is the product of a newspaper publisher;
- Example: "when it began to rain he covered his head with a newspaper"
[syn: newspaper, paper]


VERB (2)

1. cover with paper;
- Example: "paper the box"

2. cover with wallpaper;
[syn: wallpaper, paper]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Paper \Pa"per\ (p[=a]"p[~e]r), n. [F. papier, fr. L. papyrus papyrus, from which the Egyptians made a kind of paper, Gr. pa`pyros. Cf. Papyrus.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A sheet, leaf, or piece of such substance. [1913 Webster] 3. A printed or written instrument; a document, essay, or the like; a writing; as, a paper read before a scientific society. [1913 Webster] They brought a paper to me to be signed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. A printed sheet appearing periodically; a newspaper; a journal; as, a daily paper. [1913 Webster] 5. Negotiable evidences of indebtedness; notes; bills of exchange, and the like; as, the bank holds a large amount of his paper. [1913 Webster] 6. Decorated hangings or coverings for walls, made of paper. See Paper hangings, below. [1913 Webster] 7. A paper containing (usually) a definite quantity; as, a paper of pins, tacks, opium, etc. [1913 Webster] 8. A medicinal preparation spread upon paper, intended for external application; as, cantharides paper. [1913 Webster] 9. pl. Documents establishing a person's identity, or status, or attesting to some right, such as the right to drive a vehicle; as, the border guard asked for his papers. [PJC] Note: Paper is manufactured in sheets, the trade names of which, together with the regular sizes in inches, are shown in the following table. But paper makers vary the size somewhat. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] Note: In the manufacture of books, etc., a sheet, of whatever size originally, is termed, when folded once, a folio; folded twice, a quarto, or 4to; three times, an octavo, or 8vo; four times, a sextodecimo, or 16mo; five times, a 32mo; three times, with an offcut folded twice and set in, a duodecimo, or 12mo; four times, with an offcut folded three times and set in, a 24mo. [1913 Webster] Note: Paper is often used adjectively or in combination, having commonly an obvious signification; as, paper cutter or paper-cutter; paper knife, paper-knife, or paperknife; paper maker, paper-maker, or papermaker; paper mill or paper-mill; paper weight, paper-weight, or paperweight, etc. [1913 Webster] Business paper, checks, notes, drafts, etc., given in payment of actual indebtedness; -- opposed to accommodation paper. Fly paper, paper covered with a sticky preparation, -- used for catching flies. Laid paper. See under Laid. Paper birch (Bot.), the canoe birch tree (Betula papyracea). Paper blockade, an ineffective blockade, as by a weak naval force. Paper boat (Naut.), a boat made of water-proof paper. Paper car wheel (Railroad), a car wheel having a steel tire, and a center formed of compressed paper held between two plate-iron disks. --Forney. Paper credit, credit founded upon evidences of debt, such as promissory notes, duebills, etc. Paper hanger, one who covers walls with paper hangings. Paper hangings, paper printed with colored figures, or otherwise made ornamental, prepared to be pasted against the walls of apartments, etc.; wall paper. Paper house, an audience composed of people who have come in on free passes. [Cant] Paper money, notes or bills, usually issued by government or by a banking corporation, promising payment of money, and circulated as the representative of coin. Paper mulberry. (Bot.) See under Mulberry. Paper muslin, glazed muslin, used for linings, etc. Paper nautilus. (Zool.) See Argonauta. Paper reed (Bot.), the papyrus. Paper sailor. (Zool.) See Argonauta. Paper stainer, one who colors or stamps wall paper. --De Colange. Paper wasp (Zool.), any wasp which makes a nest of paperlike material, as the yellow jacket. Paper weight, any object used as a weight to prevent loose papers from being displaced by wind, or otherwise. on paper. (a) in writing; as, I would like to see that on paper. (b) in theory, though not necessarily in paractice. (c) in the design state; planned, but not yet put into practice. Parchment paper. See Papyrine. Tissue paper, thin, gauzelike paper, such as is used to protect engravings in books. Wall paper. Same as Paper hangings, above. Waste paper, paper thrown aside as worthless or useless, except for uses of little account. Wove paper, a writing paper with a uniform surface, not ribbed or watermarked. paper tiger, a person or group that appears to be powerful and dangerous but is in fact weak and ineffectual. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

paper \pa"per\ (p[=a]"p[~e]r), a. 1. Of or pertaining to paper; made of paper; resembling paper. [1913 Webster] 2. Existing only on paper; unsubstantial; having very overrated power; as, a paper box; a paper army; a paper tiger. [1913 Webster +PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

paper \pa"per\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. papered (p[=a]"p[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. papering.] 1. To cover or line with paper, especially with wallpaper; to furnish with paper hangings; to wallpaper; as, to paper a room or a house. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. To fold or inclose in paper. [1913 Webster] 3. To put on paper; to make a memorandum of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Poonah painting \Poo"nah paint`ing\ [From Poona, in Bombay Province, India.] A style of painting, popular in England in the 19th century, in which a thick opaque color is applied without background and with scarcely any shading, to thin paper, producing flowers, birds, etc., in imitation of Oriental work. Note: Hence: Poonah brush, paper, painter, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

paper n 1: a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses 2: an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition" [syn: composition, paper, report, theme] 3: a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements; "he read his newspaper at breakfast" [syn: newspaper, paper] 4: a medium for written communication; "the notion of an office running without paper is absurd" 5: a scholarly article describing the results of observations or stating hypotheses; "he has written many scientific papers" 6: a business firm that publishes newspapers; "Murdoch owns many newspapers" [syn: newspaper, paper, newspaper publisher] 7: the physical object that is the product of a newspaper publisher; "when it began to rain he covered his head with a newspaper" [syn: newspaper, paper] v 1: cover with paper; "paper the box" 2: cover with wallpaper [syn: wallpaper, paper]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

314 Moby Thesaurus words for "paper": Bible paper, CD, IOU, India paper, MO, MS, Manila paper, acceptance, acceptance bill, alabaster, analysis, archives, art paper, article, assignment, autograph, bank acceptance, bank check, baryta paper, bill, bill of draft, bill of exchange, blank, blank check, blotting paper, blueprint paper, board, bond paper, brainchild, brick, butcher paper, carbon, carbon paper, cardboard, cartridge paper, causerie, cellophane, certificate, certificate of deposit, certified check, chalk, check, checkbook, cheque, chirograph, cigarette paper, clapboard, cloth paper, commercial paper, complimentary ticket, composition, computer printout, construction paper, copy, credentials, crepe, crepe paper, critique, crown paper, curlpaper, daily, daily newspaper, deadhead, debenture, deed, demand bill, demand draft, descant, discount ticket, discourse, discussion, disquisition, dissertation, distribute, docket, document, documents, dossier, draft, drawing paper, driven snow, due bill, edited version, endpaper, engrossment, essay, etude, examination, exchequer bill, excursus, exegesis, exposition, extra, extra edition, face, facial tissue, fair copy, feature, fiction, file, files, final draft, finished version, first approach, first draft, fleece, flimsy, flour, flypaper, foam, foolscap, form, free admission, free pass, free rider, free ticket, freeloader, gazette, gift wrap, glass, glaze, graph paper, grass paper, gruel, guest pass, hand paper, holograph, homily, ice paper, identification, instrument, introductory study, ivory, journal, kraft paper, lace paper, lath, leaf, legal document, legal instrument, legal paper, letter, letter of credit, letter paper, letterhead, lily, line, literae scriptae, literary artefact, literary production, literature, litmus paper, lucubration, maggot, manila, manuscript, matter, memoir, mere shadow, milk, millboard, money order, monograph, morceau, music paper, national newspaper, negotiable instrument, neighborhood newspaper, news, newsletter, newspaper, newspaper of record, newsprint, nonfiction, note, note of hand, note paper, oak tag, official document, onionskin, opus, organ, original, outline, page, pandect, paper house, paper toweling, paperboard, papers, papyrus, paraffin paper, paragraph, parchment, pass, pass holder, pasteboard, pearl, penscript, periodical, personal file, piece, piece of writing, plank, play, poem, post, postal order, preliminary study, printed matter, printout, production, prolegomenon, promissory note, proof paper, publication, pulpboard, quire, rag, rail, rake, reading matter, ream, recension, records, report, research paper, revet, rice paper, roll, roofing paper, screed, scrip, script, scrive, scroll, second draft, sepia paper, shadow, shake, shaving, sheathe, sheet, shingle, shop paper, sight bill, sight draft, silver, skeleton, sketch, slat, slate, slip, snow, soup, special, special article, special edition, speech, splinter, stationery, stipple paper, stone, strawboard, streak, study, sulfate paper, survey, swan, tabloid, tar paper, term paper, thatch, the written word, theme, thesis, tile, time bill, time draft, tissue, tissue paper, toilet tissue, tracing paper, tract, tractate, trade acceptance, transcript, transcription, transfer paper, treasury bill, treatise, treatment, twofer, typescript, vein, vellum, veneer, version, voucher, wafer, wall in, wall up, wallpaper, warrant, wastepaper, waxed paper, weatherboard, weekly, weekly newspaper, work, wrapping paper, writ, writing, writing paper
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Paper The expression in the Authorized Version (Isa. 19:7), "the paper reeds by the brooks," is in the Revised Version more correctly "the meadows by the Nile." The words undoubtedly refer to a grassy place on the banks of the Nile fit for pasturage. In 2 John 1:12 the word is used in its proper sense. The material so referred to was manufactured from the papyrus, and hence its name. The papyrus (Heb. gome) was a kind of bulrush (q.v.). It is mentioned by Job (8:11) and Isaiah (35:7). It was used for many purposes. This plant (Papyrus Nilotica) is now unknown in Egypt; no trace of it can be found. The unaccountable disappearance of this plant from Egypt was foretold by Isaiah (19:6, 7) as a part of the divine judgment on that land. The most extensive papyrus growths now known are in the marshes at the northern end of the lake of Merom.