|paragraph (ˈpærəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf)|
|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|
|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 |
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.