one of several distinct subdivisions of a text intended to separate ideas; the beginning is usually marked by a new indented line
divide into paragraphs, as of text
"This story is well paragraphed"
write about in a paragraph
"All her friends were paragraphed in last Monday's paper"
write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher
A passage in text that is about a different subject from the preceding text, marked by commencing on a new line, the first line sometimes being indented.
To sort text into paragraphs.
Origin: From paragraphe from paragraphus " from παράγραφος, from παρά and γράφω.
originally, a marginal mark or note, set in the margin to call attention to something in the text, e. g., a change of subject; now, the character /, commonly used in the text as a reference mark to a footnote, or to indicate the place of a division into sections
a distinct part of a discourse or writing; any section or subdivision of a writing or chapter which relates to a particular point, whether consisting of one or many sentences. The division is sometimes noted by the mark /, but usually, by beginning the first sentence of the paragraph on a new line and at more than the usual distance from the margin
a brief composition complete in one typographical section or paragraph; an item, remark, or quotation comprised in a few lines forming one paragraph; as, a column of news paragraphs; an editorial paragraph
to divide into paragraphs; to mark with the character /
to express in the compass of a paragraph; as, to paragraph an article
to mention in a paragraph or paragraphs
Origin: [F. paragraphe, LL. paragraphus, fr. Gr. para`grafos (sc. grammh`) a line or stroke drawn in the margin, fr. paragra`fein to write beside; para` beside + gra`fein to write. See Para-, and Graphic, and cf. Paraph.]
A paragraph is a self-contained unit of a discourse in writing dealing with a particular point or idea. A paragraph consists of one or more sentences. Though not required by the syntax of any language, paragraphs are usually an expected part of formal writing, used to organize longer prose.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
par&primeprime;a-graf, n. a distinct part of a discourse or writing marked by ¶, or by being begun on a new line, at more than the usual distance from the margin: a short passage, or a collection of sentences with unity of purpose.—v.t. to form into paragraphs.—ns. Par′agrapher, Par′agraphist, one who writes in paragraphs, esp. for newspapers.—adjs. Paragraph′ic, -al.—adv. Paragraph′ically. [The mark ¶ is the reversed initial of this word, which is, through Fr. and Low L., from Gr. paragraphos—para, beside, graphein, to write.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'PARAGRAPH' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4314
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'PARAGRAPH' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1268
Rank popularity for the word 'PARAGRAPH' in Nouns Frequency: #1276
The numerical value of PARAGRAPH in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of PARAGRAPH in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Every paragraph of the agreement counts.
I said, 'you know, I think I can take that paragraph and just use it in my speech,'.
Within the letter there's an explicit paragraph saying Muslim values are British values. You can't be more explicit than that.
Why is this news important, and can you explain that to me in a paragraph? If it takes longer than a few sentences to get to the point, you've lost my interest.
It would appear from what I've seen that the federal guys took one paragraph out of a lot of discussions and a lot of meetings and notes and just chose that one as opposed to plenty of others.
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Translations for PARAGRAPH
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- παράγραφος, παραγραφοποιώGreek
- kappale, paragraafiFinnish
- paragraphe, alinéaFrench
- alt, mír, paragrafIrish
- paragrafo, paragrafareItalian
- paragraaf, alineaDutch
- параграф, абзацRussian
- pasus, пасусSerbo-Croatian
- avsnitt, paragraf, styckindela, styckeSwedish
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