from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Paper intended to be inclosed between the sheathing and clapboards of a wall or the sheathing and shingles of a roof, chiefly to give additional warmth and dryness.
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Cowering in that tiny shack, where thin building-paper took the place of plaster, the wind screaming across the plains, hurling the snow against that frail protection, defenseless against the elemental fury of the storm, was like drifting in a small boat at sea, tossed and buffeted by waves, each one threatening to engulf you.
Over it we would lay building-paper, and on top of this, good substantial shingles, laid wide to the weather in the old-fashioned way.
Their walls were not sheeted, and they did not know the use of building-paper.
The cracks in the walls are snugly filled with "daubing" and then the walls are covered with heavy gray building-paper, which makes the room very warm, and I really like the appearance.