What does paragraph mean?

Definitions for paragraph
ˈpær əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑfpara·graph

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paragraph(verb)

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

  2. paragraph(verb)

    divide into paragraphs, as of text

    "This story is well paragraphed"

  3. paragraph(verb)

    write about in a paragraph

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

  4. paragraph(verb)

    write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher

Wiktionary

  1. paragraph(Noun)

    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. paragraph(Verb)

    To sort text into paragraphs.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paragraph(noun)

    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. Paragraph(noun)

    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. Paragraph(noun)

    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. Paragraph(verb)

    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. Paragraph(verb)

    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. Paragraph(verb)

    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.]

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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How to say paragraph in sign language?

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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. 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.

  2. William Strunk Jr., Elements of Style:

    Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

  3. 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.

  4. Michelle Tuegel:

    Their little paragraph of ‘ we have normal interaction ’ leaves a lot out, i would like to know what they were classifying or defining as ‘ normal behavior. ’ Tuegel said her clients, such as 21-year-old college student Paige Gasper, who was left with shattered ribs and a lacerated liver, are healing and feel.

  5. Michael Cohen:

    Novartis sent me their contract, which stated specifically that they wanted me to lobby. That they wanted me to provide access to government, including the president, that paragraph was crossed out by me, initialed, and written in my own handwriting that says I will not lobby or do government relations work.

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