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Meaning of PARAGRAPH

Pronunciation:  'paru`graf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of several distinct subdivisions of a text intended to separate ideas; the beginning is usually marked by a new indented line
  2. [v]  divide into paragraphs, as of text; "This story is well paragraphed"
  3. [v]  write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher
  4. [v]  write about in a paragraph; "All her friends were paragraphed in last Monday's paper"

PARAGRAPH is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: carve up, compose, dissever, divide, indite, pen, piece of writing, separate, split, split up, text, textual matter, write, writing, written material



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Par"a*graph\, n. [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.
    1. 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 [para], commonly used in
       the text as a reference mark to a footnote, or to indicate
       the place of a division into sections.
    Note: This character is merely a modification of a capital P
          (the initial of the word paragraph), the letter being
          reversed, and the black part made white and the white
          part black for the sake of distinctiveness.
    2. 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. 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.
  2. \Par"a*graph\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Paragraphed}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Paragraphing}.]
    1. To divide into paragraphs; to mark with the character
    2. To express in the compass of a paragraph; as, to paragraph
       an article.
    3. To mention in a paragraph or paragraphs
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