role definition

The paper it's a material made with ground and bleached vegetable paste, which is arranged in thin sheets and is used to write, to draw, among other uses.

Material made of vegetable paste subjected to a special process and that is presented to us in thin sheets for writing or drawing on it.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned material can come either from wood, straw, among the main sources that provide it. And then, then, they are subjected to a grinding process in the first place, after which they are bleached and washed in water, culminating in drying and hardening through different mechanisms.


The development of this material is due to the Chinese, who in the second century made it a reality based on residues such as: silk, rice straw or hemp and cotton, although the Egyptians are also considered in some way pioneers in the field also because they were responsible for the development of papyrus, an element they used to write and obtained from the stem of the plants that grew on the banks of the Nile River. Later, the knowledge was transmitted to the Arab people, who in turn they promoted it in Spain and Italy.

Making money

Another of the widespread uses of paper in our era is for the manufacture of money, specifically banknotes, which represent a currency in a certain nation and which allows people to purchase goods, pay services and taxes, among other issues.

Tickets are obtained through salary, which is the payment that someone receives for contracting a work activity, or also through income, among other options.

Also the paper can be used to make furniture that will later be applied in homes or offices.

Characteristics and types of papers

Currently, the market offers us a huge variety of papers, each one adjusted to a specific need of the user in question.

Mainly, the conditions that will differentiate the types of paper are: durability (ability to last a long time), resilience (power to regain its shape even after being modified) and stability (Keep its dimensions despite the atmospheric conditions that arise).

Among the most common types of paper we can find the following: Glass paper, brown paper, acid-free paper, kraft paper, liner paper, cardboard paper, vegetable parchment paper, greaseproof paper, tusue paper, permanent paper, among others.

The impact that paper production has on the environment and the recycling solution

In addressing this issue, we cannot ignore the negative impact that the paper industry has on the environment both in terms of sourcing and processing raw material and waste disposal.

As 90% of paper pulp involves wood, a little more than 30% of trees must be felled to meet the demand.

A tremendous fatality for the environment, however, and to alleviate this serious situation is that in recent years, it has been proposed to combat it through recycling.

If a ton of newsprint is recycled we will be saving a ton of wood, to cite just one example of what can be done if one works conscientiously.

Currently, paper manufacturers are required to undertake the reforestation task to ensure not only the raw material but also to balance the environment that would be seriously affected if the task is not carried out responsibly.

Piece of this stuff

On the other hand, to the sheet or piece of said material it is known as paper too. "Please give me a piece of paper so I'll write down my aunt's address.”


The term paper is also used to name some documents or titles generically, such as those corresponding to a car. "The police stopped me and I just didn't have the car papers with me, they fined me.”

Character played by an actor

In the artistic field, in cinema and television, for example, the role will be the character who has played an actor. “Sandra Bullock got the lead role in Cameron's new film.”

In other words, this sense of the concept is taken as synonymous with the concept of character.

The characters represent in the fiction of a literary, cinematographic, theatrical, or television story, non-real beings, that is to say, fictional beings and that are not, of course, the actors who embody them.

There are various types of human roles, embodied by flesh and blood actors, animals and also objects or personified things.

The actors or fictitious creatures can play leading roles, that is, be the central axes of the story and where everything happens, or be secondary, that is, have a relevance in the adventure but with less importance.

There are the roles of antagonists who are the ones who always oppose and fight the protagonists, and therefore they are the ones who do evil in the stories.

Function performed by a person

Also, to the function of a person or thing in a given context it is called paper. "Juan had a decisive role in the negotiation.

And to the documents through which the marital status or quality of a person is accredited they are called papers. "Unfortunately, Laura could not leave the country because she does not have her papers in order.”

Popular expressions

On the other hand, the term is contained in many expressions of very popular use, such is the case of: Doing a good or bad role, which implies expressing that an assigned task has been done correctly or incorrectly; to play the role, it is used when we want to realize that someone represents or pretends something with a great capacity that makes it really credible; and to make someone or something their role, which means that someone or something effectively fulfills the function or position that has been assigned to them.