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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 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]
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.
paramagnetic relating to or being 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.
Paramaribo the seaport capital of Suriname.
paramecium any of several one-celled protozoans that move by means of cilia and have a large oral groove.