Definition of paragraph in English:

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paragraph

Pronunciation: /ˈperəˌɡraf/

noun

A distinct section of a piece of writing, usually dealing with a single theme and indicated by a new line, indentation, or numbering.
Example sentences
  • Also, does anyone know how to separate paragraphs with a line or something on a chapter?
  • Would your Honour like me to just refer to the specific paragraphs where the sections have been amended?
  • I mentioned, a few paragraphs ago, the conceptual structure of a plural noun, such as houses.
Synonyms
section, subdivision, part, subsection, division, portion, segment, passage
report, article, item, sidebar, piece, write-up, mention

verb

[with object]
Arrange (a piece of writing) in paragraphs.
Example sentences
  • It would read even faster had he paragraphed the dialogue out, but then again, that would have doubled the length of an already weighty book.
  • This would have got 9 or 10 if it had been paragraphed from the start.

Derivatives

paragraphic

Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈɡrafik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Like Ozone 2, most work begins around the paragraphic equalizer where, besides switching between a modeled analog or digital phase linear EQ, you have up to eight different overlapping frequency points or nodes to affect.
  • Parametric equalizers, often referred to as ‘paragraphic’, provide extended flexibility and customization options based on their ability to control the Bandwidth.

Origin

Late 15th century: from French paragraphe, via medieval Latin from Greek paragraphos 'short stroke marking a break in sense', from para- 'beside' + graphein 'write'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: par·a·graph

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