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wallpaper

[wawl-pey-per] /ˈwɔlˌpeɪ pər/
noun
1.
paper, usually with printed decorative patterns in color, for pasting on and covering the walls or ceilings of rooms, hallways, etc.
2.
any fabric, foil, vinyl material, etc., used as a wall or ceiling covering.
3.
Computers. a design or picture in the background of the primary display screen of a graphical user interface:
Personalize your tablet by changing the wallpaper.
verb (used with object)
4.
to put wallpaper on (a wall, ceiling, etc.) or to furnish (a room, house, etc.) with wallpaper.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; wall + paper
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British Dictionary definitions for wall paper

wallpaper

/ˈwɔːlˌpeɪpə/
noun
1.
paper usually printed or embossed with designs for pasting onto walls and ceilings
2.
  1. something pleasant but bland which serves as an unobtrusive background
  2. (as modifier): wallpaper music
3.
(computing) a graphics file that can be displayed in certain applications behind or around the main dialogue boxes, working display areas, etc, for decoration
verb
4.
to cover (a surface) with wallpaper
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Word Origin and History for wall paper

wallpaper

n.

1827, from wall (n.) + paper (n.).

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