What does paragraph mean?

Definitions for paragraph
ˈpær əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑfpara·graph

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paragraphverb

    one of several distinct subdivisions of a text intended to separate ideas; the beginning is usually marked by a new indented line

  2. paragraphverb

    divide into paragraphs, as of text

    "This story is well paragraphed"

  3. paragraphverb

    write about in a paragraph

    "All her friends were paragraphed in last Monday's paper"

  4. paragraphverb

    write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher

Wiktionary

  1. paragraphnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From paragraphe from paragraphus " from παράγραφος, from παρά and γράφω.

  2. paragraphverb

    To sort text into paragraphs.

    Etymology: From paragraphe from paragraphus " from παράγραφος, from παρά and γράφω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paragraphnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Paragraphnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Paragraphnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Paragraphverb

    to divide into paragraphs; to mark with the character /

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Paragraphverb

    to express in the compass of a paragraph; as, to paragraph an article

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Paragraphverb

    to mention in a paragraph or paragraphs

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Paragraph

    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

  1. Paragraph

    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. paragraphospara, beside, graphein, to write.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'paragraph' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4314

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'paragraph' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1268

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'paragraph' in Nouns Frequency: #1276

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paragraph in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paragraph in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of paragraph in a Sentence

  1. Chris Roberts:

    That paragraph that's in there is one paragraph out of a lot of discussions, so there is context that is obviously missing which obviously I can't say anything about, 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.

  2. Christie Brinkley:

    Did you ever notice when you read a magazine profile on a woman usually the first paragraph will include her age and often marital status and dating or marital history, these are barely if ever mentioned in a profile on a man. The implications and rules are limitations so yeah maybe we do have to keep proving ourselves, and break the rules and stereotype.

  3. Kellyanne Conway:

    You violated my challenge, which is to try to form a sentence, let alone a paragraph, and not mention Donald Trump. Nobody seems capable of doing it. It seems like it's a physiological impediment for the world, what's necessary is for people to understand -- in front of everybody but especially in front of 13 - and 14-year-old girls -- that Kellyanne Conway need to control Kellyanne Conway temper, control Kellyanne Conway. Kellyanne Conway need to get over the damn 2016 election and do that because chances are -- the big chances and I believe -- that this man will be re-elected.

  4. Søren Kierkegaard, Asluttende uvidenskabeligt Efterskrift:

    Alas! While the speculative honourable professor explains the entire existence has he in distraction forgotten his own name, that he is a man, purely and simply a man, not a fantastic 38 of a paragraph.

  5. Gamal Helal:

    When we are interpreting, we take notes for ourselves - these are not verbatim notes, they are only a language we understand, so we can reconstruct the phrase or paragraph, sometimes you prepare the notes at the request of the president.

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