American English

Definition of paper noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    for writing/wrapping
  1. 1[uncountable] (often in compounds) the thin material that you write and draw on and that is also used for wrapping and packing things a piece/sheet of paper a package wrapped in brown paper recycled paper She wrote her name and address on a slip (= a small piece)of paper. Experience is more important for this job than paper qualifications (= that exist on paper, but may not have any real value). paper losses/profits (= that are shown in accounts but which may not exist in reality) This journal is available in paper and electronic form. see also notepaper, wrapping paper,
  2. newspaper
  3. 2[countable] a newspaper a local/national paper a daily/evening/Sunday paper I read about it in the paper. Have you seen today's paper? The papers (= newspapers in general) soon got hold of the story.
  4. documents
  5. 3papers [plural] pieces of paper with writing on them, such as letters, pieces of work, or private documents His desk was covered with books and papers. I found these documents among my father's papers after his death.
  6. 4papers [plural] official documents that prove your identity, give you permission to do something, etc. divorce/identification papers Immigration officials will ask to see your papers. see also walking papers, working papers
  7. article
  8. 5[countable] an academic article about a particular subject that is written by and for specialists a recent paper in the Journal of Medicine She was invited to give a paper (= a talk) on the results of her research. collocations at Topic CollocationsScientific Researchtheory formulate/advance a theory/hypothesis build/construct/create/develop a simple/theoretical/mathematical model develop/establish/provide/use a theoretical/conceptual framework/an algorithm advance/argue/develop the thesis that… explore an idea/a concept/a hypothesis make a prediction/an inference base a prediction/your calculations on something investigate/evaluate/accept/challenge/reject a theory/hypothesis/modelexperiment design an experiment/a questionnaire/a study/a test do research/an experiment/an analysis make observations/calculations take/record measurements carry out/conduct/perform an experiment/a test/a longitudinal study/observations/clinical trials run an experiment/a simulation/clinical trials repeat an experiment/a test/an analysis replicate a study/the results/the findings observe/study/examine/investigate/assess a pattern/a process/a behavior fund/support the research/project/study seek/provide/get/secure funding for researchresults collect/gather/extract data/information yield data/evidence/similar findings/the same results analyze/examine the data/soil samples/a specimen consider/compare/interpret the results/findings fit the data/model confirm/support/verify a prediction/a hypothesis/the results/the findings prove a conjecture/hypothesis/theorem draw/make/reach the same conclusions read/review the records/literature describe/report an experiment/a study present/publish/summarize the results/findings present/publish/read/review/cite a paper in a scientific journalposition paper
  9. 6[countable] a piece of written work done by a student Your grade will be based on four papers and a final exam. see also term paper
  10. on walls
  11. 7[countable, uncountable] paper that you use to cover and decorate the walls of a room synonym wallpaper The room was damp and the paper was peeling off. There are many other compounds ending in paper. You will find them at their place in the alphabet.
  12. Idioms
    not worth the paper it's written/printed on
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    (of an agreement or official document) having no value, especially legally, or because one of the people involved has no intention of doing what they said they would
    1. 1when you put something on paper, you write it down
    2. 2judged from written information only, but not proved in practice The idea looks good on paper.
    put pen to paper
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    to write or start to write something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: paper