From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
paper pa?per 1 / ?pe?p? $ -?r / ??? S1 W1 noun 1 for writing/wrapping [ uncountable ] T D material in the form of lean sheets that is used for writing on, wrapping things etc I’ll get you a lump of paper so you can write the number down. Do you have a pen and paper? Two newspaper [ countable ] TCN a newspaper Have you seen today’s paper? You’ll read about it in tomorrow’s papers. the Sunday papers > see thesaurus at newspaper Trio > papers Four > on paper Five examination [ countable ] British English a set of printed questions used as an examination in a particular subject. and the answers people write an exam paper I have a stack of papers to mark. history/French etc paper The geography paper was indeed effortless. > see thesaurus at test 6 speech/chunk of writing [ countable ] a chunk of writing or a talk on a particular subject by someone who has made a probe of it a scientific paper paper on a paper on psychology Professor Usborne gave a paper on latest developments in his field. 7 lump of schoolwork [ countable ] especially American English a lump of writing that is done as part of a course at school or university syn essay paper on a paper on the Civil War
8 official publication [ countable ] a report ready by a government or committee on a question they have been considering or a proposal for switches in the law We will publish a discussion paper on the future of the Big black cock. paper on the 1998 White Paper on political reform a working paper (= a report that is not final ) on funding the Health Service 9 for walls [ countable, uncountable ] TB DH paper for covering and decorating the walls of a room syn wallpaper a floral paper Ten financial [ countable, uncountable ] stocks and shares that can be bought and sold on a financial market 11 toilet [ uncountable ] soft skinny paper used for cleaning yourself after you have used the toilet syn toilet paper. toilet roll 12 > not worth the paper it is written on/printed on > put/set pen to paper at pen 1 ( Three ) . > waste paper COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: material in the form of lean sheets that is used for writing on, wrapping things etc phrases a sheet of paper Each recipe was written down on a separate sheet of paper. a chunk of paper Can I have another chunk of paper? a scrap/slip of paper (= a puny chunk ) He scribbled Pamela’s address on a scrap of paper. a pad of paper (= many sheets of paper motionless together at one edge ) Chris took out a pad of paper and began writing. ADJECTIVES/NOUN + paper writing/note paper (= good quality paper for writing letters ) Can you fetch me a lump of writing paper and a pen? plain paper (= with nothing written or printed on it ) The package was packaged in plain brown paper. lined paper (= printed with horizontal lines, for writing ) a note written on lined paper wrapping paper (= coloured paper for wrapping presents ) He cautiously eliminated the wrapping paper so it wouldn’t rip. tissue paper (= very lean paper for wrapping things ) All the clothes were packaged in tissue paper. recycled paper (= paper made from waste paper ) The envelopes are made from 100 percent recycled paper. COMMON ERRORS > Don’t say ‘ write on a paper ’. Say write on a chunk of paper.
COLLOCATIONS – Meaning Two: a newspaper ADJECTIVES/NOUN + paper a local paper You could attempt putting an advert in the local paper. a national paper The story had been in all the national papers. a daily paper Which of these daily papers do you usually read? a Sunday paper I only get a Sunday paper if I’ve got lots of spare time. an evening paper Ian usually buys an evening paper on his way home. a tabloid paper (= one with puny pages, especially one without much serious news ) Don’t believe everything you read in the tabloid papers. a broadsheet paper (= one with large pages, usually one containing serious news ) Tabloid newspapers are usually about half the size of a broadsheet paper. a quality paper British English (= one intended for educated readers ) Readers of quality papers, such as the Telegraph and the Guardian, are mainly employed in professional jobs.
Examples from the Corpus
paper • There was a big newsstand behind the policemen. and he thought of buying a paper. • Natural fabrics like silk and wool on a paper backing are used to give the silky finish in traditional flocks. • His palm moved automatically to take a familiar paper of Rome. • Ryan Tate said the heist represents the seventh time the free paper has been stolen from news racks since November 1996. • Stephen took the local paper with him into his probe. • The desk. with a green leather inset. is always clear of papers. • Today’s paper is over on the coffee table. • When is your sociology paper due. • Why don’t you put an ad in the paper. • Sizing is added to make the paper less absorbent. • Anyway, any publicity you can give Autumnola in your paper would be very welcome. gave. paper • Earlier she gave a paper on Feminist Science Theory at the conference in Minneapolis. working paper • Clanna Weir Mill was established as a working paper mill by the late 1700s. • The implications of a weakness should be recorded in a working paper together with any recommendations. • What does a more detailed examination of the proposals in Working for patients and the accompanying working papers expose. • The documents show up to have been working papers that were used for setting price caps for the authorities. • This discussion paper considers points made in the Review and in the working papers. • The working papers develop some of the organisational and management implications of proposals in the Review. • Their report was published in 1985, and consists of a summary report and two working papers. • We must go through the forest and fields on foot as far as St Maxime where we will pick up working papers.
paper paper Two ??? S3 W2 adjective [ only before noun ] 1 TI made of paper a paper bag Two written or printed on paper The brochure is available in electronic and paper versions. Three > paper qualifications Four VALUE existing only as an idea but not having any real value paper profits (= a record of the value of something, that is not real until the thing is sold ) paper promises
paper paper Three verb [ transitive ] 1 DH TB to decorate the walls of a room by covering them with special paper syn wallpaper Two > paper over the cracks > See Verb table
paper • Panels can be painted. papered or purchased in pre-decorated finishes to simulate anything from tiles to woodgrain. • It was she who papered our rooms and did the painting. • It’s papering over thick cracks. • No – they were wallpapering. and I was the wall – they were papering over me. • Actually I am papering the fridge with rules ; you can no longer tell its color. • Sybil papered the loo with that article and others. • One day she happened into his office. only to detect an entire wall of it papered with inspirational quotes. • When Hammaker returned to the Giants ‘ locker room, the walls were papered with stories about his debacle. From Longman Business Dictionary paper pa?per / ?pe?p?-?r / noun 1 [ uncountable ] material in the form of lean sheets used for writing things on, wrapping things etc plants that make chemicals for the paper industry > listing paper Two [ countable ] a newspaper Many daily papers have a financial section. The Hollywood Reporter is a trade paper (= one that reports on a particular industry ) for the film industry. Three on paper a) if you put ideas or information on paper, you write them down We need to get these ideas down on paper. b) if something seems to be true on paper, it seems to be true as an idea, but may not be true in a real situation It’s a nice idea on paper, but you’ll never get it to work. Four [ uncountable ] ( also financial paper ) FINANCE SECURITIES (=bonds etc) that can be traded on financial markets, rather than cash. and the CERTIFICATEs (=documents) relating to them Mitsubishi is to issue (= make available and sell ) as much as 200 billion yen of paper. There are times when people are doubtful of the viability of the financial paper they hold. > bank paper > bearer paper > commercial paper > fine paper Five papers [ plural ] documents used by a person or organization in their work The hotel filed papers (= officially sent them to the authorities ) three weeks ago, seeking various building permits. According to court papers. the judge’s decision was based on the bank’s failure to serve with banking laws. > ship’s papers 6 [ countable ] an official document you need in order to do something Once all the necessary papers have been signed, the house is yours. > working papers
From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English