paragraph

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v paragraph write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher
    • v paragraph write about in a paragraph "All her friends were paragraphed in last Monday's paper"
    • v paragraph divide into paragraphs, as of text "This story is well paragraphed"
    • n paragraph one of several distinct subdivisions of a text intended to separate ideas; the beginning is usually marked by a new indented line
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Paragraph A brief composition complete in one typographical section or paragraph; an item, remark, or quotation comprised in a few lines forming one paragraph; as, a column of news paragraphs; an editorial paragraph.
    • Paragraph A distinct part of a discourse or writing; any section or subdivision of a writing or chapter which relates to a particular point, whether consisting of one or many sentences. The division is sometimes noted by the mark ¶, but usually, by beginning the first sentence of the paragraph on a new line and at more than the usual distance from the margin, also called indenting the line. See indentation4}.
    • Paragraph Originally, a marginal mark or note, set in the margin to call attention to something in the text, e. g., a change of subject; now, the character ¶, commonly used in the text as a reference mark to a footnote, or to indicate the place of a division into sections.
    • Paragraph To divide into paragraphs; to mark with the character ¶.
    • Paragraph To express in the compass of a paragraph; as, to paragraph an article.
    • Paragraph To mention in a paragraph or paragraphs
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paragraph A distinct part of a discourse or writing relating to a particular point, whether consisting of one sentence or of many sentences: in this sense the word does not necessarily imply the division defined below.
    • n paragraph A division of written or printed matter, usually formed by beginning on a new line, and by leaving a small blank space before the first letter.
    • n paragraph A short passage; a brief notice, a in a newspaper.
    • n paragraph A character having the form ¶, used to mark or (in manuscript for the press or in proof) to give direction for the beginning of a new paragraph, or as a mark of reference. This character is a reversed P, the initial letter of paragraph. Abbreviated par.
    • paragraph To form into or write in paragraphs.
    • paragraph To mention or speak of in a paragraph; specifically, to make the subject of a paragraph or brief notice in a newspaper.
    • paragraph Same as paraph.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paragraph par′a-graf a distinct part of a discourse or writing marked by ¶, or by being begun on a new line, at more than the usual distance from the margin: a short passage, or a collection of sentences with unity of purpose
    • v.t Paragraph to form into paragraphs
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Quotations

  • James Thurber
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    “With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.”
  • Nicholson Baker
    Nicholson Baker
    “Footnotes are the finer-suckered surfaces that allow testicular paragraphs to hold fast to the wider reality of the library.”
  • Barrett Wendell
    Barrett Wendell
    “Words and sentences are subject to revision; paragraphs and whole compositions are subjects of prevision.”
  • Don Marquis
    Don%20Marquis
    “I get up in the morning with an idea for a three-volume novel and by nightfall it's a paragraph in my column.”
  • Dirk Bogarde
    Dirk Bogarde
    “The camera can photograph thought. It's better than a paragraph of sweet polemic.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. paragraphe, LL. paragraphus, fr. Gr. para`grafossc. grammh`) a line or stroke drawn in the margin, fr. paragra`fein to write beside; para` beside + gra`fein to write. See Para-, and Graphic, and cf. Paraph

Usage

In literature:

We shall discuss this point in another paragraph.
"Lectures on Stellar Statistics" by Carl Vilhelm Ludvig Charlier
We have anticipated in the last paragraph in order to illustrate how the Mounted Police guided the wild stampede.
"Policing the Plains" by R.G. MacBeth
Start a new paragraph when you change to a new subject.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
Do not run on the letter without paragraphing it, but place each subject in a paragraph by itself.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
Coherence, of paragraph; how to gain in paragraph; illustrations of in paragraph; of sentence; of whole composition; words of.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
Let us choose a paragraph for example.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
Give examples from the second paragraph.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
One paragraph she read over twice, and yet twice again at bedtime.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
She had tried to remember the whole of the paragraph she had read to Drake, but she could not.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Dig a paragraph at other times; a chapter; a short book.
"To My Younger Brethren" by Handley C. G. Moule
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In poetry:

Always sure you have your glory,
It increases and takes well;
What the end is of thy story,
There's no paragraph to tell.
"Fashion" by Frank Barbour Coffin
We can't to-night! We're overworked and busy;
We've got a lot of paragraphs to write;
Although your invitation drives us dizzy,
We can't to-night!
"To-night" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Poverty knows no joy, but only pain,
Pain reducing you to such despair
That you seize the rope and hang yourself,
Or become a poor victim of 'paragraphs.'
"Poem Of Poverty" by Millosh Gjergj Nikolla
Poverty knows no joy, but only pain,
Pain reducing you to such despair
That you seize the rope and hang yourself,
Or become a poor victim of 'paragraphs.'
"Poem Of Poverty" by Migjeni
Good nature, bubbling over
In healthy, hearty laughs,
And little lavish speeches
Like pleasant paragraphs,
The kind regard, unstudied joke,
His true felicity bespoke.
"On The Common" by Hattie Howard
You'll go to Mount Auburn,--we'll show you the track,--
And can stay there,--unless you prefer to come back;
And Bunker's tall shaft you can climb if you will,
But you'll puff like a paragraph praising a pill.
"Welcome To The Chicago Commercial Club" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Johnson went through a 15-year process to turn a few paragraphs into a court-room drama and character study.
In that column first published on April 25, 2012, was this one paragraph with 34 words.
Updates with comments from BMI in fourth paragraph and prospective bidder Intro Aviation in fifth.
Updates with Panamera-model deliveries in fifth paragraph, comments from CFO starting in 11th and from CEO in last.
After reading to the fourth paragraph, the answer is a big no.
While it was generally informative, I wish to correct serious errors in the first paragraph.
The first paragraph which is causing the controversy reads.
I'm really not sure I don't even have a point to that whole last paragraph OH WELL.
Zakaria is apologizing for lifting paragraphs by another writer for use in his column in Time magazine.
Columnist and TV host Fareed Zakaria is apologizing for lifting paragraphs by another writer for use in his column in Time magazine.
Updates with comment from MBIA in ninth paragraph.
In general, the opening paragraph should catch the reader's attention and persuade them to continue reading.
In general, the opening paragraph should catch the reader's attention, and persuade them to continue reading.
Just the next few paragraphs will do.
Updates with Egypt dollar bonds falling in fifth paragraph.
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In science:

Let (π , ε, σ) be as in the preceding paragraph.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
In the second paragraph we will show that this static and spherically symmetric spacetime with a cosmological constant can also be transformed to the conformally Kerr–Schild form .
The Kerr-Schild ansatz for the Nariai spacetime and the generating conjecture
This relation is transitive for any semigroup (see the first paragraph of Section 2.2).
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
If there are infinitely many n such that pn = qn , then this follows as in the first paragraph of the proof.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
The CNO cycle is described in the last paragraph of Section 7.
How the sun shines
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