The definition of a paragraph is a clear section of a written or printed work that contains one thought and normally begins on a new line.noun
An example of paragraph is the first section of a book's first chapter.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a distinct section or subdivision of a chapter, letter, etc., usually dealing with a particular point: it is begun on a new line, often indented
- a mark (¶) used as by proofreaders to indicate the beginning of a paragraph or as a sign marking material referred to elsewhere
- a brief article, item, or note in a newspaper or magazine
Origin: MFr paragraphe < OFr < ML paragraphus, orig., sign marking separation of parts, as of a chapter < Gr paragraphos < para-, beside (see para-) + graphein, to write (see graphic)
- to mention in a paragraph or paragraphs
- to separate or arrange in paragraphs
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- A distinct division of written or printed matter that begins on a new, usually indented line, consists of one or more sentences, and typically deals with a single thought or topic or quotes one speaker's continuous words.
- A mark ( ¶ ) used to indicate where a new paragraph should begin or to serve as a reference mark.
- A brief article, notice, or announcement, as in a newspaper.
Origin: Middle English paragraf, from Old French paragrafe, from Medieval Latin paragraphus, from Greek paragraphos, line showing a break in sense or a change of speakers in a dialogue, from paragraphein, to write beside : para-, beside; see para-1 + graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
- parˌa·graphˈic, parˌa·graphˈi·cal adjective
paragraph - Computer Definition
(1) In DOS programming, a 16 byte block. Memory addresses are generated as "segment:offset," where the segment is expressed in paragraphs. To compute an address, the segment register is shifted left four bits, which effectively multiplies it by 16. For example, in the address A000:0100, the A000 becomes A0000, as follows: Segment A0000 655,360 Offset 0100 256 Result A0100 655,616This means there are 4,096 possibilities for expressing each memory byte, a situation that has helped generate confusion.
(2) In word processing and desktop publishing, a collection of words and sentences that contains an end-of-line character (return, line feed or both) at the end of it. From the viewpoint of the software, even a single word followed by a return is a paragraph.
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paragraph - Cultural Definition
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.