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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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To make a paperweight, Pietro placed a selection of the canes in a mould in the desired pattern and fused them within a globule of clear molten glass held by a steel rod called a pontil.
I had a glass paperweight up there on the window ledge and it's the only thing fire chiefs have decided could possibly have caused it.
Neath-based rugby memorabilia firm Rugby Relics says the paperweights are selling particularly well in England.
Matthew, of Elgin, Moray, is now packing away every paperweight he has collected over the past seven years.
John Lewis paperweights, from pounds 15' Tchibo soft cotton king-size duvet cover with pillowcases, pounds 32.
THE classical period of paperweight production took place between 1840 to 1860 when French glassworks including Baccarat, Clichy and St Louis led the world with the quality and creativity of their paperweights - today, these paperweights are extremely rare and can fetch thousands of pounds.
Officials were also concerned that Cernosek's briefcase, placed near the paperweight, might have contained a bomb.
They had a broken steak knife, a crystal paperweight, toy handcuffs, tape and stuff.
I was inspired by my paperweight collection in the sense that I wanted these glasses to be quite heavy.
One of the final functions at the plant was a series of farewell presentations when the last workers were presented with a three-dimensional replica of the last tractor built at the plant and a crystal paperweight.
JASON TATE, successful on Paperweight, had some of the shine taken off his day when the stewards found him guilty of using his whip with excessive force on Blue Lady, fourth in Winter Dolphin's race, and suspended him for two days, December 21 and Boxing Day.
SANTA CLARITA - City Hall was evacuated Thursday afternoon after an employee spotted a grenade-shaped paperweight on a co-worker's desk, a sheriff's deputy said.