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para1

[pah-rah, pahr-ah] /pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ/
noun, plural paras, para.
1.
a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < Turkish < Persian pāra literally, piece

para2

[pah-rah, pahr-ah] /pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ/
noun, plural paras, para.
1.
  1. formerly, an aluminum-bronze coin and monetary unit of Yugoslavia, the 100th part of a dinar.
  2. a coin and monetary unit of Macedonia and Serbia, the 100th part of a dinar.
Origin
1905-10; < Serbo-Croatian pàra < Turkish; see para1

para3

[par-uh] /ˈpær ə/
adjective, Chemistry
1.
pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 4) in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms.
Compare ortho, meta2 .
noun
Origin
1875-80; independent use of para-1

para4

[par-uh] /ˈpær ə/
noun, Informal.
1.
a paraprofessional.
2.
a paratrooper.
Origin
1955-60; by shortening of words compounded with para-1, para-3

para5

[par-uh] /ˈpær ə/
noun, plural paras, parae
[par-ee] /ˈpær i/ (Show IPA).
Obstetrics
1.
Also called parity. a woman's status regarding the bearing of viable offspring: usually followed by a Roman numeral designating the number of times the woman has given birth.
2.
the woman herself.
Compare gravida.
Origin
1880-85; extracted from primapara, multipara, etc.

Pará

[pah-rah] /pɑˈrɑ/
noun
1.
an estuary in N Brazil: an arm of the Amazon. 200 miles (320 km) long; 40 miles (65 km) wide.
2.

para-1

1.
a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, most often attached to verbs and verbal derivatives, with the meanings “at or to one side of, beside, side by side” (parabola; paragraph; parallel; paralysis), “beyond, past, by” (paradox; paragogue); by extension from these senses, this prefix came to designate objects or activities auxiliary to or derivative of that denoted by the base word (parody; paronomasia), and hence abnormal or defective (paranoia), a sense now common in modern scientific coinages (parageusia; paralexia). As an English prefix, para-1, may have any of these senses; it is also productive in the naming of occupational roles considered ancillary or subsidiary to roles requiring more training, or of a higher status, on such models as paramedical, and paraprofessional: paralegal; paralibrarian; parapolice .
2.
Chemistry. a combining form designating the para (1, 4) position in the benzene ring.
Abbreviation: p-.
Compare meta- (def 2c), ortho- (def 2b).
Also, especially before a vowel, par-.
Origin
< Greek para-, combining form representing pará (preposition) beside, alongside of, by, beyond

para-2

1.
a combining form meaning “guard against,” occurring in loanwords from French, or, via French, from Italian: parachute; parasol .
Origin
< French < Italian para, 3rd singular present of parare to prepare against, ward off < Latin parāre to prepare

para-3

1.
a combining form extracted from parachute, forming compounds denoting persons or things utilizing parachutes or landed by parachute: paradrop; paradoctor; paraglider; paratrooper .

Para.

1.
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British Dictionary definitions for para

para1

/ˈpɑːrə/
noun (pl) -ras, -ra
1.
a monetary unit of Serbia worth one hundredth of a dinar; formerly a monetary unit of Yugoslavia
Word Origin
C17: Serbo-Croat, via Turkish from Persian pārah piece, portion

para2

/ˈpærə/
noun (informal)
1.
  1. a soldier in an airborne unit
  2. an airborne unit
2.
a paragraph

para3

/ˈpɑːrɑː/
noun (pl) para
1.
a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy fronds Also called horseshoe fern, king fern
Word Origin
Māori

Pará

/Portuguese paˈra/
noun
1.
a state of N Brazil, on the Atlantic: mostly dense tropical rainforest Capital: Belém. Pop: 6 453 683 (2002). Area: 1 248 042 sq km (474 896 sq miles)
2.
another name for Belém
3.
an estuary in N Brazil into which flow the Tocantins River and a branch of the Amazon. Length: about 320 km (200 miles)

para-1

prefix
1.
beside; near: parameter, parathyroid
2.
beyond: parapsychology
3.
resembling: paramnesia
4.
defective; abnormal: paraesthesia
5.
subsidiary to: paraphysis
6.
(usually in italics) denoting that an organic compound contains a benzene ring with substituents attached to atoms that are directly opposite across the ring (the 1,4- positions): paradinitrobenzene, para-cresol, p- Compare ortho- (sense 4), meta- (sense 4)
7.
denoting an isomer, polymer, or compound related to a specified compound: paraldehyde, paracasein
8.
denoting the form of a diatomic substance in which the spins of the two constituent atoms are antiparallel: parahydrogen Compare ortho- (sense 6)
Word Origin
from Greek para (prep) alongside, beyond

para-2

combining form
1.
indicating an object that acts as a protection against something: parachute, parasol
Word Origin
via French from Italian para-, from parare to defend, shield against, ultimately from Latin parāre to prepare
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Contemporary definitions for para
noun

See paraeducator

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Word Origin and History for para

para-

before vowels, par-, word-forming element meaning "alongside, beyond; altered; contrary; irregular, abnormal," from Greek para- from para (prep.) "beside, near, issuing from, against, contrary to," from PIE *prea, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per). Cognate with Old English for- "off, away."

word-forming element meaning "defense, protection against; that which protects from," from Italian para, imperative of parare "to ward off," from Latin parare "make ready" (see pare).

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para in Medicine

para par·a (pār'ə)
n.
A woman who has given birth to an infant or infants.

para- or par-
pref.

  1. Beside; near; alongside: paranucleus.

  2. Beyond: parapsychology.

  3. Incorrect; abnormal: paradipsia.

  4. Similar to; resembling: paratyphoid.

  5. Subsidiary; assistant: paramedical.

  6. Isomeric; polymeric: paraldehyde.

  7. A diatomic molecule in which the nuclei have opposite spin directions: parahydrogen.


  8. Abbr. p- Of or relating to one of three possible isomers of a benzene ring with two attached chemical groups in which the carbon atoms with attached groups are separated by two unsubstituted carbon atoms. Usually in italic: para-bromoiodobenzene.

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para

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