carbon paper

  1. paper faced with a preparation of carbon or other material, used between two sheets of plain paper in order to reproduce on the lower sheet that which is written or typed on the upper.

  2. Also called carbon tissue. a paper for making photographs by the carbon process.

Origin of carbon paper

First recorded in 1875–80

Words Nearby carbon paper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use carbon paper in a sentence

  • The design is traced by means of carbon paper on the paper lining of the inlay leather.

    The Decoration of Leather | Georges de Rcy

British Dictionary definitions for carbon paper

carbon paper

  1. a thin sheet of paper coated on one side with a dark waxy pigment, often containing carbon, that is transferred by the pressure of writing or of typewriter keys onto the copying surface below: Often shortened to: carbon

  2. another name for carbon tissue

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