building paper

Origin of building paper

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for building paper

Historical Examples of 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 Dollar Hen

    Milo M. Hastings

  • The stumps are thick in the fields; many of the houses have the building-paper fluttering in the wind; the streets are of sawdust.

  • A shingle roof can be made much warmer by using tightly laid sheathing covered with building-paper.

    The Dollar Hen

    Milo M. Hastings


British Dictionary definitions for building paper

building paper

noun
  1. 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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