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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.

See: blank, certificate, document, form, instrument, pandect
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PaperWeight was created to help entrepreneurs who want to try their hands in content based ventures.
To think that a paperweight, which probably cost about #4, could have caused 300,000 pounds worth of damage is just tragic.
A few more dabs into some gold glass powder and the addition of a handful of tiny glass flowers and the whole thing goes back into the glory hole where the forces of chemistry step in to give the paperweight the studio's distinctive iridescent sheen.
The various parts that will go into a paperweight are kept hot on a hot plate (a metal cooking plate that is kept at 950 degrees Fahrenheit).
In the early 1980s Caithness bought the Whitef riars Glass paperweight business, and since 1983 have produced an annual series of limited edition Whitef riars paperweights, preserving the millefiori tradition and introducing lamp work to some of the designs.
The paperweight will be part of the Museum's permanent collection, on display to the public.
I have been using this paperweight on my table for the past 20 years; it has been on my table since I joined this office.
The paperweight on Karen Katen's desk in New York City reads, "Who else needs to know?
Last May she sat next to David, 14, from Welling, Kent, for 30 minutes and was delighted when he gave her a gift-wrapped paperweight.
Available now for Valentine's Day and National Condom Week (February 10-16), the Condom Paperweight is a crystal, designer paperweight for home or office that contains a removable condom package.
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A SMALL glass paperweight costing just pounds 4 caused a freak fire which left Martin and Ruth Ball's pounds 1million home in ruins during a recent heatwave.