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paragon a model of excellence or of a particular admirable quality.
paragraph in a written article, composition, speech, or the like, a distinct section composed of one or more sentences that is related to the main point but that expresses an idea in itself and begins on a new line, usually indented. [3 definitions]
Paraguay a central South American country between Argentina and Brazil.
Paraguay River a large river in South America that begins in southwestern Brazil, flows through Paraguay and along its border with Argentina, finally joining the Paraná River at the southwestern tip of Paraguay.
Paraguay tea see "maté."
parakeet a variety of small parrot, usu. having a long tapered tail.
paralegal a lawyer's assistant who has some training in legal matters, but who does not hold a law degree.
parallax the apparent change in the position of an observed object when seen from two different points.
parallel extending in the same direction and being the same distance apart at every point. [9 definitions]
parallel bars a set of two horizontal poles parallel to each other and supported by adjustable upright posts, on which gymnasts perform various acrobatic routines. [2 definitions]
parallelepiped a geometric solid having six surfaces, all of which are parallelograms.
parallelism similarity; resemblance; agreement. [3 definitions]
parallelogram a four-sided plane figure that has opposite sides parallel and equal to each other.
paralogism faulty reasoning; illogical argument.
paralyse a spelling of "paralyze" used in Canada and Britain. See "paralyze" for more information.
paralysis partial or complete loss of sensation or the ability to move in a body part, caused by injury or disease of the nervous system. [2 definitions]
paralysis agitans see "Parkinson's disease."
paralytic one who is paralyzed. [3 definitions]
paralyze to render partly or completely unable to move or feel sensations, as by an injury or disease. [2 definitions]
paralyzed unable to move or unable to feel sensation due to neurological damage or the effect of a drug; affected with paralysis. [2 definitions]
paramagnet a material that is weakly attracted by an externally applied magnetic field and forms an induced magnetic field in the direction of the applied field.