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Terms & Definitions
500 sheets of paper of any given size.
The weight of 500 sheets of the standard sheet size for the particular grade. (See tables.)
The weight of 1,000 sheets (two reams) of paper.
The weight of a ream, measured in pounds. The Basis Weight (also known as Ream Weight) is the weight of 500 sheets of the standard sheet size for a particular grade. The standard sheet size varies by grade. For example, text weight papers have a standard size of 25 x 38 (950 sq. inches).
The standard sheet size from which the basis weight of a given grade is determined. (See tables.)
The thickness of a sheet of paper, referenced in a point value. Typically, 3 decimal places are used to indicate thickness in percentage of an inch. For example, .010 is also referenced as 10 point or 10 pt.