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Paper, subst. 1) substance made to write on, and for other purposes: Lucr. 1289. Lucr. 1289 Wiv. I, 4, 93. Meas. IV, 3, 6. Ado II, 3, 138. Ado II, 3, 138 LLL IV, 2, 26. V, 2, 7. Merch. II, 4, 13. III, 2, 255. R2 III, 2, 146. H5 II, 2, 74. R3 I, 3, 175. V, 3, 23. Rom. V, 1, 25 etc.
2) a piece of paper: “let the --s lie,” Gent. I, 2, 100 (the fragments of the torn letter). “each several p.” Gent. I, 2, 100 “wrapped in a p.” All's V, 3, 94.
3) any thing written, as a letter, a document, a bond, a deed, a poem etc.: Compl. 6. Sonn. 17, 9. 38, 4. Gent. I, 2, 34. Gent. I, 2, 34 Gent. I, 2, 34 III, 1, 284. IV, 4, 128. Ado V, 4, 86. LLL I, 1, 116. IV, 2, 145. Merch. III, 2, 246. Shr. I, 2, 151. All's V, 1, 31. R2 I, 3, 250. H4A II, 4, 583. H6C III, 3, 176. H8 III, 2, 121. Tim. I, 2, 248. Lr. IV, 6, 266 etc. Criminals undergoing punishment usually wore papers on their backs containing their offence: “he comes in like a perjure, wearing --s,” LLL IV, 3, 47. “mailed up in shame, with --s on my back,” H6B II, 4, 31.
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