- A sheet material used for writing on or printing on (or as a non-waterproof container), usually made by draining cellulose fibres from a suspension in water.
- A newspaper or anything used as such (such as a newsletter or listing magazine).
- 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter II, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604 ↗; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620 ↗:
- "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. […]."
- (uncountable) Wallpaper.
- 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter II, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], , OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0091 ↗:
- There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
- (uncountable) Wrapping paper.
- (rock paper scissors) An open hand (a handshape resembling a sheet of paper), that beats rock and loses to scissors. It loses to lizard and beats Spock in rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock.
- A written document, generally shorter than a book (white paper, term paper), in particular one written for the Government.
- A written document that reports scientific or academic research and is usually subjected to peer review before publication in a scientific journal (as a journal article or the manuscript for one) or in the proceedings of a scientific or academic meeting (such as a conference, workshop, or symposium).
- A scholastic essay.
- (Britain) A set of examination questions to be answered at one session.
- (slang) Money.
- (New Zealand) A university course.
- A paper packet containing a quantity of items.
- a paper of pins, tacks, opium, etc.
- A medicinal preparation spread upon paper, intended for external application.
- cantharides paper
- A substance resembling paper secreted by certain invertebrates as protection for their nests and eggs.
- (dated) Free passes of admission to a theatre, etc.
- (dated, by extension) The people admitted by free passes.
- (medium used in writing) bookfell
- French: article
- Italian: articolo, pubblicazione, saggio, studio, ricerca
- Portuguese: artigo
- Russian: статья́
- Spanish: papel académico, artículo científico
- French: rédaction
- French: cours
paper (not comparable)
- Made of paper.
- paper bag; paper plane
- 1892, Walter Besant, chapter II, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
- At twilight in the summer […] the mice come out. They […] eat the luncheon crumbs. Mr. Checkly, for instance, always brought his dinner in a paper parcel in his coat-tail pocket, and ate it when so disposed, sprinkling crumbs lavishly […] on the floor.
- Insubstantial from the weakness of common paper
- paper tiger; paper gangster
- 2016: Manila Standard, "Speed limiter law: A paper tiger" ↗; Maricel Cruz
- Speed limiter law: A paper tiger
- 2016: The Australian, "China says Australia ‘is no paper tiger, only a paper cat at best’" ↗; Rowan Callick
- It concluded that Australia was “not even a paper tiger, it’s only a paper cat at best”
- Planned from plans being drawn up on paper
- paper rocket; paper engine
- 2015: Flight Global, "Airbus Helicopters to begin Arrano tests for H160 shortly" ↗; Dominic Perr
- We have to be able to demonstrate that it is not just a paper engine but a real engine
- 2015: CBS News, "ULA unveils new rocket to replace Russian boosters" ↗; William Harwood
- In a background teleconference hosted by SpaceX late last week, an unnamed official dismissed ULA's new booster as a "paper rocket," saying he doubted it would be significantly cheaper than ULA's current stable of launchers.
- 2010: BBC News, "Pratt & Whitney eyes global plane engine deals" ↗; Jorn Madslien
- Ours is not a paper engine... these are real engines that are in production today
- 2010: Spaceflight Now, "Musk refutes report slamming safety standards" ↗; Stephen Clark
- "The Ares 1 is a paper rocket that's far off in the future," Musk said. "Falcon 9 is a real rocket, most of which is at Cape Canaveral right now."
- Having a title that is merely official, or given by courtesy or convention.
- a paper baron; a paper lord
- French: papier, papier
- German: indicated by forming compounds with Papier: paper bag: Papierbeutel, paper cup: Papierbecher, etc
- Italian: di carta, cartaceo
- Portuguese: de papel
- Russian: бума́жный
- Spanish: de papel
paper (papers, present participle papering; past and past participle papered)
- (transitive) To apply paper to.
- to paper the hallway walls
- (transitive) To document; to memorialize.
- After they reached an agreement, their staffs papered it up.
- (transitive) To fill (a theatre or other paid event) with complimentary seats.
- As the event has not sold well, we'll need to paper the house.
- (transitive) To submit official papers to (a law court, etc.).
- (transitive) To give public notice (typically by displaying posters) that a person is wanted by the police or other authority.
- (transitive) To sandpaper.
- (transitive) To enfold in paper.
- To paste the endpapers and flyleaves at the beginning and end of a book before fitting it into its covers.
- Portuguese: empapelar