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A document that is filed or introduced in evidence in a lawsuit, as in the phrases papers in the case and papers on appeal.

Any written or printed statement, including letters, memoranda, legal or business documents, and books of account, in the context of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the people from unreasonable searches and seizures with respect to their "papers" as well as their persons and houses.

In the context of accommodation paper and Commercial Paper, a written or printed evidence of debt.

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A group of women in western Uganda have been making paper -- and a livelihood -- out of elephant dung.
At the beginning of the book, the Chinese began making paper in the second or first century BC; by the end it was in the first century CE (30, 293).
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William Hill betting: 4-5 Farloe Blitz, 4 Eden The Kid, 5 Rio Quattro, 8 Making Paper, 14 Tynwald Bish, 20 Millwards Davy.
The great thing about making paper aeroplanes is that once you've mastered the basic design, you can then have lots of fun trying to make a paper plane that flies further and faster than the original.
Cristina and Popa present a supplement to Pulp Production and Processing: From Papermaking to High-tech Products that focuses closely on the specialized use of wood fibers in making paper. They survey published literature mainly since the turn of the century to determine which morphological characteristics of the fibers authors currently consider relevant, in order to establish the state of the art in this area.
What's less well known is that some folk never outgrew their delight with making paper airplanes that would fly farther and higher.
THIS little girl is set to take the fashion world by storm - after making paper copies of her favourite stars' red carpet dresses.
"Undoubtedly, it will just be a matter of time before residents of Qatar - comprising locals and expatriate workers - begin making Paper Moon their second dining address after their homes," added Sattin added.
Activities will include making paper Eiffel Towers out of art straws, paper Kakariki birds from New Zealand plus activities from Pakistan and Egypt.
"I grew up making paper airplanes," the Telegraph quoted Ayoob as telling ESPN.