para graphed

paragraph

[par-uh-graf, -grahf]
noun
1.
a distinct portion of written or printed matter dealing with a particular idea, usually beginning with an indentation on a new line.
3.
a note, item, or brief article, as in a newspaper.
verb (used with object)
4.
to divide into paragraphs.
5.
to write or publish paragraphs about, as in a newspaper.
6.
to express in a paragraph.

Origin:
1515–25; earlier paragraphe < Greek paragraphḗ marked passage; see para-1, graph

paragraphism, noun
paragraphistical [par-uh-gruh-fis-ti-kuhl] , adjective
subparagraph, noun
unparagraphed, adjective
well-paragraphed, adjective
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paragraph (ˈpærəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf)
 
n
1.  (in a piece of writing) one of a series of subsections each usually devoted to one idea and each usually marked by the beginning of a new line, indentation, increased interlinear space, etc
2.  printing the character ¶, used as a reference mark or to indicate the beginning of a new paragraph
3.  a short article in a newspaper
 
vb
4.  to form into paragraphs
5.  to express or report in a paragraph
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin paragraphus, from Greek paragraphos line drawing attention to part of a text, from paragraphein to write beside, from para-1 + graphein to write]
 
paragraphic
 
adj
 
para'graphical
 
adj
 
para'graphically
 
adv

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paragraph
1490, from M.Fr. paragraphe (13c., O.Fr. paragrafe), from M.L. paragraphus "sign for start of a new section of discourse" (the sign looked something like a stylized letter -P-), from Gk. paragraphos "short stroke in the margin marking a break in sense," also "a passage so marked," lit. "anything written
beside," from paragraphein "write by the side," from para- "beside" + graphein "to write."
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paragraph definition


A basic unit of prose. It is usually composed of several sentences that together develop one central idea. The main sentence in a paragraph is called the topic sentence.

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