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Written paper meaning

written paper meaning



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.



1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) 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.

2. a single piece of such material, esp if written or printed on

3. (usually plural) documents for establishing the identity of the bearer; credentials

4. (Nautical Terms) (plural) Also called: ship's papers official documents relating to the ownership, cargo, etc, of a ship

5. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (plural) collected diaries, letters, etc

8. (Education) a lecture or short published treatise on a specific subject

9. (Education) a short essay, as by a student

10. (Education)

a. a set of written examination questions

b. the student's answers

12. (Theatre) 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.


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.


18. to cover (walls) with wallpaper

19. (tr) to cover or furnish with paper

20. (Theatre) (tr) theatre slang to fill (a performance) by giving away free tickets (esp in the phrase paper the house)

[C14: from Latin papyrus]

ˈpaperer n


(ˈpeɪ pər)


1. a substance made from wood pulp, rags, or other fibrous material, usu. in thin sheets, used to write or print on, for wrapping, for decorating walls, etc.

2. a piece, sheet, or leaf of this.

3. something resembling this substance, as papyrus.

4. a written or printed document or the like.

5. a newspaper or journal.

6. a scholarly essay, article, or dissertation, usu. intended for publication.

7. a written piece of schoolwork, as a composition.

8. Often, papers. a document establishing or verifying identity, status, or the like: citizenship papers.

9. negotiable notes, bills, etc., as commercial paper or paper money.

10. a promissory note.

12. a sheet of paper with pins or needles stuck through it in rows.

13. Slang. a free pass to an entertainment.


14. to cover with wallpaper.

15. to line or cover with paper.

16. to distribute handbills, posters, etc., throughout (an area).

17. to fold or wrap in paper.

18. to supply with paper.

19. Informal. to deluge with documents, esp. those requiring response or compliance.

20. Slang. to fill (a theater or the like) by giving away free tickets.

21. Archaic.

a. to write or set down on paper.

b. to describe in writing.


22. to apply wallpaper to walls.

23. paper over, to conceal or cover up (dissension, controversy, etc.), esp. to preserve an impression of accord.


24. made of paper: a paper bag.

25. like paper; thin or flimsy.

26. pertaining to routine clerical duties.

27. conducted by means of letters, articles, books, etc.: a paper war.

28. existing on paper only; not realized: paper profits.

on paper,

a. in written or printed form.

b. in theory only.

[1325–75; Middle English papirepapȳrus papyrus]

pa′per•er, n.


Paper is a material that you write things on or wrap things in.

Bring a pencil and some paper.

You can refer to several sheets of paper with information on them as papers.

This filing cabinet is where we keep important papers.

Don't refer to a single sheet of paper as 'a paper'. You refer to it as a sheet of paper or, if it is small, a piece of paper.

He wrote his name at the top of a blank sheet of paper.

The floor was covered in little pieces of paper.

A newspapers is often referred to as a paper.

Dad was reading the daily paper.

His picture was in the papers.


Past participle: papered
Gerund: papering

Imperative Present Preterite Present Continuous Present Perfect Past Continuous Past Perfect Future Future Perfect Future Continuous Present Perfect Continuous Future Perfect Continuous Past Perfect Continuous Conditional Past Conditional

I paper
you paper
he/she/it papers
we paper
you paper
they paper
I papered
you papered
he/she/it papered
we papered
you papered
they papered
Present Continuous
I am papering
you are papering
he/she/it is papering
we are papering
you are papering
they are papering
Present Perfect
I have papered
you have papered
he/she/it has papered
we have papered
you have papered
they have papered
Past Continuous
I was papering
you were papering
he/she/it was papering
we were papering
you were papering
they were papering
Past Perfect
I had papered
you had papered
he/she/it had papered
we had papered
you had papered
they had papered
I will paper
you will paper
he/she/it will paper
we will paper
you will paper
they will paper
Future Perfect
I will have papered
you will have papered
he/she/it will have papered
we will have papered
you will have papered
they will have papered
Future Continuous
I will be papering
you will be papering
he/she/it will be papering
we will be papering
you will be papering
they will be papering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been papering
you have been papering
he/she/it has been papering
we have been papering
you have been papering
they have been papering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been papering
you will have been papering
he/she/it will have been papering
we will have been papering
you will have been papering
they will have been papering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been papering
you had been papering
he/she/it had been papering
we had been papering
you had been papering
they had been papering
I would paper
you would paper
he/she/it would paper
we would paper
you would paper
they would paper
Past Conditional
I would have papered
you would have papered
he/she/it would have papered
we would have papered
you would have papered
they would have papered

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