any small, heavy object, often decorative, set on papers to keep them from being blown away or scattered
A small, heavy, often decorative object that is placed on loose papers to hold them down.
- A small, decorative, somewhat weighty (now, highly collectable) object placed on one or more pieces of paper to keep them from fluttering away.
- Any object for this purpose.
- John used his coffee mug as a paperweight.
- (slang) An otherwise useless piece of equipment.