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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lengthy piece of written work required of a student on a topic drawn from the subject matter of a course of study.

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  • n. A substantial research paper written by a student over an academic term or semester which accounts for a large amount of a grade and makes up much of the course.

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

  • n. a composition intended to indicate a student's progress during a school term


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