paper

paper n 1 Paper, instrument, document all mean a writing (often typed, sometimes printed) that is of value to its owner or to others who come after him as a source of information or proof of a right, contention, or claim.
Paper is the most general term, applicable to such writing (as a letter, deed, certificate, or writ) filed away for future use or reference
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a peculiar difficulty I have experienced in dealing with Lord Macaulay's private papers—G. O. Trevelyan

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it was not until I was forty that my father put into my hands a few old family papers which furnished clues to an investigation of my more remote ancestry— Ellis

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Instrument is a legal term applicable to a paper (as a deed, a writ, a will, or a contract) that is made and executed according to the terms of the law, as concrete evidence of some legally defined action (as a transfer of property, the enforcement of a judgment, one's decisions as to who shall inherit one's property, or the terms of an agreement)
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set up a confederacy based upon a written instrumentNevins

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Document (see also DOCUMENT 1) applies to a legal instrument or to an original or authentic copy of a letter, a record, or other paper that may be used as a source of information, evidence, or proof
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her letters I sent back except those of the quarreling correspondence, and those, being documents, are placed in the hands of a third person— Byron

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the Declaration of Independence stands out as one of the vital documents of history— Canfield & Wildery

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2 article, *essay, theme, composition

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paper — pa·per n 1: a piece of paper containing a written statement: as a: a formal written composition or document often intended for publication the Federalist paper s b: a document containing a statement of legal status, identity, authority, or… …   Law dictionary

  • paper — [pā′pər] n. [ME papir < OFr papier < L papyrus < Gr papyros,PAPYRUS] 1. a thin, flexible material made usually in sheets from a pulp prepared from rags, wood, or other fibrous material, and used for writing or printing on, for packaging …   English World dictionary

  • 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; as, a paper box; a paper army; a paper tiger. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paper — [adj] thin, flimsy cardboard, disposable, insubstantial, paper thin, papery, wafer thin; concept 606 Ant. thick paper [n2] newspaper daily, gazette, journal, news, organ, rag*, weekly; concept 280 paper [n3] …   New thesaurus

  • paper — ► NOUN 1) material manufactured in thin sheets from the pulp of wood or other fibrous substances, used for writing or printing on or as wrapping material. 2) (papers) sheets of paper covered with writing or printing; documents. 3) (before another …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paper — Voz inglesa que se usa con cierta frecuencia en algunas zonas de América, especialmente en el ámbito académico, con el sentido de ‘escrito en el cual el autor desarrolla sus ideas sobre un tema determinado’. Es anglicismo superfluo, que debe… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • paper — |pêipar| s. m. Artigo, geralmente destinado a uma publicação especializada. • Plural: papers.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa, com significado original de papel …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • -paper — noun ● scribble …   Useful english dictionary

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