- heavy paper used especially in the construction of frame buildings to block drafts, for insulation, etc.
Origin of building paper
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for building paper
Their walls were not sheeted, and they did not know the use of building-paper.Dwellers in Arcady
Albert Bigelow Paine
It should be covered with building-paper before the finished floor is laid.Convenient Houses
Louis Henry Gibson
The single-board wall may be greatly improved by lining with building-paper.
The stumps are thick in the fields; many of the houses have the building-paper fluttering in the wind; the streets are of sawdust.The Minute Man of the Frontier
W. G. Puddefoot
A shingle roof can be made much warmer by using tightly laid sheathing covered with building-paper.
- any of various types of heavy-duty paper that usually consist of bitumen reinforced with fibre sandwiched between two sheets of kraft paper: used in damp-proofing or as insulation between the soil and a road surface
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