"Legal" and "ruled" refer to the size and delineation of a piece of paper. It can be compared with letter-sized or A4-sized paper and with unruled, or blank, paper.
The word "legal" refers to the dimensions of a sheet of paper. Legal-sized paper is 8.5 inches wide by 14 inches high.
Ruled paper has lines on it. These lines are used as guides when writing so that the words do not drift up or down on the page.
Letter-sized and blank paper
In contrast, letter-sized paper is 8.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall. Blank paper has no markings on it.
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