What does paragraph mean?

Definitions for paragraph
ˈpær əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑfpara·graph

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word paragraph.

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.

  2. paragraphverb

    To sort text into paragraphs.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PARAGRAPHnoun

    A distinct part of a discourse.

    Etymology: paragraphe, Fr. παϱαγϱαφὴ.

    Of his last paragraph, I have transcribed the most important parts. Jonathan Swift.

Wikipedia

  1. Paragraph

    A paragraph (from Ancient Greek παράγραφος (parágraphos) 'to write beside') is a self-contained unit of discourse in writing dealing with a particular point or idea. Though not required by the orthographic conventions of any language with a writing system, paragraphs are a conventional means of organizing extended segments of prose.

ChatGPT

  1. paragraph

    A paragraph is a distinct section of a piece of writing, usually dealing with a single theme and indicated by a new line, indentation, or numbering. It typically contains at least one sentence and is designed to present a specific point or thought.

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

  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

  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

  4. Paragraphverb

    to divide into paragraphs; to mark with the character /

  5. Paragraphverb

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

  6. Paragraphverb

    to mention in a paragraph or paragraphs

  7. 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. The FBI document:

    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.

  3. Tariq Ahmad:

    Within the letter there's an explicit paragraph saying Muslim values are British values. You can't be more explicit than that.

  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. Jennifer Aniston:

    The only reason I knew [that I had it] was because I went to get a prescription for glasses, i had to wear these Buddy Holly glasses. One had a blue lens and one had a red lens. And I had to read a paragraph, and they gave me a quiz, gave me 10 questions based on what I’d just read, and I think I got three right. Then they put a computer on my eyes, showing where my eyes went when I read. My eyes would jump four words and go back two words, and I also had a little bit of a lazy eye, like a crossed eye, which they always have to correct in photos.

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