Glossary of Terms

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Off-Machine Coating: Indicates the process of applying coating material that is not performed on the paper machine, but as a separate operation.
Offset: The most commonly used indirect printing method in which an impression of type or a design on a flat plate is printed on a cylinder from which it is impressed upon the surface to be printed.
Onionskin: A thin, lightweight paper used primarily for typewritten correspondence.
Opacity:   A property of paper that minimizes the show-through of printing from the backside or the next sheet. A paper with low opacity is more transparent.
Oven-Dry (OD): Moisture-free (also bone dry) conditions of pulp and paper. Usually determined by drying a known sample to a constant weight in a completely dry atmosphere at a specified temperature



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