n. Sheets made by extracting fibers from a suspension through a fine screen, where they are combined through matting or felting, then dried. A newspaper. A scholarly essay or lecture read at a conference or presented for publication. A student essay. Negotiable instrument, especially one that is evidence of debt.


Paper1 is most commonly made from plant fibers, including cotton, wood, linen, or grass. However, it may also be made from animal fibers, such as wool or silk, or from synthetics, such as spun polyester. Paper may have a smooth, laid, or woven texture. It may be coated with clay to give it a sheen and to prevent inks from being absorbed into the paper fibers. Paper comes in varying thicknesses (weights); paper thicker than twelve points is generally called board.