paraphernalia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n paraphernalia equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Paraphernalia Personal belongings; ornaments; finery; sundry objects carried about for personal convenience.
    • Paraphernalia (Law) Something reserved to a wife, over and above her dower, being chiefly apparel and ornaments suited to her degree.
    • Paraphernalia The appendages, apparatus, or equipment used in a particular activity; as, surveyors unloading their paraphernalia from a van.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paraphernalia In law, those personal articles which the common law recognized the right of a married woman to own and keep, notwithstanding the marital right of her husband to her personal property in general. Under this name all the personal apparel, bedding, and ornaments which she possessed and had used during marriage, and which were suitable to her rank and condition of life, were deemed hers at common law.
    • n paraphernalia Personal ornaments or accessories of attire; trappings; equipments, especially such as are used on parade, or for ostentatious display, as the symbolic garments, ornaments, weapons, etc., used by freemasons or the like.
    • n paraphernalia Miscellaneous possessions, as the numerous small conveniences of a traveler, small decorative objects, and the like.
    • n paraphernalia Ornaments, or ornamental accessories, collectively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Paraphernalia par-a-fėr-nāl′i-a ornaments of dress of any kind: trappings: that which a bride brings over and above her dowry: the clothes, jewels, &c. which a wife possesses beyond her dowry in her own right.
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Quotations

  • Robert Owen
    Robert Owen
    “Courts of law, and all the paraphernalia and folly of law cannot be found in a rational state of society.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. paraphernalia bona, fr. L. parapherna, pl., parapherna, Gr. ; para` beside + a bride's dowry, fr. fe`rein to bring. See 1st Bear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Late L. parapherna—Gr., from para, beyond, phernē, a dowry—pherein, to bring.

Usage

In literature:

The courtyard itself was a brave spectacle in its final aspect of background for the detail and paraphernalia of polite dining.
"Outside Inn" by Ethel M. Kelley
Not, however, the equipment in the sense of microscopes and other working paraphernalia.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
They were confined to a small wing in the rear, or the basement, and there were no laboratories or other paraphernalia of modern education.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
Both men looked in silence at the collection of paraphernalia on the first tray of the chest.
"The Eyes Have It" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Finally, Jack began to collect his photographic paraphernalia as though about to get ready to start forth on his tramp.
"Jack Winters' Campmates" by Mark Overton
As soon as he saw the paraphernalia he knew he was a painter.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Above it were store-houses, machine rooms, kitchens, all the paraphernalia of modern existence.
"The Sensitive Man" by Poul William Anderson
The uniforms will be a part of your paraphernalia.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
Durant left the paraphernalia of his art behind him by way of intimating delicately that the hour was hers.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
Joe Eldred, behind the scenes, certainly managed the paraphernalia borrowed from the Milton Opera House with good effect.
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill
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In news:

Woman's marijuana bust, when officers spot paraphernalia .
Woman arrested for paraphernalia and theft.
Spartanburg County deputies arrested 15 people, including 11 minors -- at a house party after finding drug paraphernalia, presumed pot and various forms of alcohol, officials said.
B.Possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree arson and manufacturing methamphetamines.
Agents reportedly seized about $10,000 worth of bath salts , along with packaging material, scales, needles, and drug paraphernalia.
After getting Bates' permission, they searched the home and found 100 packets of bath salts , marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.
With carrying a concealed knife and possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.
State police at Girard assisted the US Border Patrol on Saturday with a case of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said they were called to the Border Patrol 's station in Fairview, where agents had detained an illegal immigrant from Honduras who had the paraphernalia.
Illegal drugs and paraphernalia were found during a search of Ewen-Trout Creek school Friday morning.
A cache of drugs and paraphernalia was seized during a traffic stop in Beaver Meadows on Sept 28.
A traffic stop in Beaver Meadows on Sept 28 led police to a cache of drugs and paraphernalia.
One day after Steve Kagen won a fiercely contested congressional seat, authorities say his son was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shoplifting, drug paraphernalia, contempt .
Phillip Clinton James was booked into the Henderson County Jail for possession of the drug and drug paraphernalia.
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In science:

This suggests that perhaps we can attribute meaning to notions such as renormalization group flows, relevance and irrelevance of operators, c-theorems, universality classes, fixed points and other paraphernalia of Wilsonian renormalization in the framework of D-brane geometries (1) as well.
Blocking up D-branes : Matrix renormalization ?
What is noteworthy is that beyond keeping track of all the paraphernalia required for bookkeeping, the lemmas offer no further difficulty.
On the Ext groups between Weyl modules for GL_n
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