Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thin, strong, translucent paper.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of paper: so called from its thinness, translucency, and finish, in which respects it resembles the skin of an onion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of thin but strong translucent paper with a glossy finish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A thin, strong, light, translucent paper; used especially for making carbon copies

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a thin strong lightweight translucent paper used especially for making carbon copies

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Examples

  • He was talking about OneSwarm, a new P2P network with built-in onionskin routing.

    OneSwarm: here’s V 0.6. RIAA: DAMN!

  • Zl's golden coma had three "onionskin" hoods, the enormous curved dust tail was silver, and the rippling ion tail shone blue with red wisps.

    Perseus Spur

  • Many decades later, his son, now president, would hold the yellowing case file in his hand, inspect its fading purple ink, its crumbling onionskin pages with their misspelled denunciations, and remember that spring night.

    The Return

  • Many decades later, his son, now president, would hold the yellowing case file in his hand, inspect its fading purple ink, its crumbling onionskin pages with their misspelled denunciations, and remember that spring night.

    The Return

  • Many decades later, his son, now president, would hold the yellowing case file in his hand, inspect its fading purple ink, its crumbling onionskin pages with their misspelled denunciations, and remember that spring night.

    The Return

  • It is an assemblage of indefinite thickness made from planes superimposed one atop the other or from a network of cracks on thin layers of foggy glass that converge on a central point and run away again or from a collection of superimposed spiders' webs or from juxtaposed onionskin maps of the infrastructures of cities.

    A Story

  • Great writerly in-jokes, (onionskin paper, for one), and a hearty fuck-you to those who dare to carp about what they can never grasp, it supersedes genre toys to achieve world-class architecture even while maintaining the clearest voice I've seen since Hemingway, Vonnegut, or Harper Lee.

    "Grow till tall. They all, in the end, will fall."

  • Many decades later, his son, now president, would hold the yellowing case file in his hand, inspect its fading purple ink, its crumbling onionskin pages with their misspelled denunciations, and remember that spring night.

    The Return

  • But it would be hard to top his discovery, years ago, while inventorying a newly acquired collection of Joyce papers, of some onionskin leaves that Mr. Staley "realized were the famous lost link, the missing draft with Joyce's corrections in his own hand to the opening of 'Finnegans Wake' — an item more valuable than the price we had paid for the entire collection."

    A Magnum Opus for Ransom

  • But it would be hard to top his discovery, years ago, while inventorying a newly acquired collection of Joyce papers, of some onionskin leaves that Mr. Staley "realized were the famous lost link, the missing draft with Joyce's corrections in his own hand to the opening of 'Finnegans Wake' — an item more valuable than the price we had paid for the entire collection."

    A Magnum Opus for Ransom

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