- a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster.
Origin of para1
- formerly, an aluminum-bronze coin and monetary unit of Yugoslavia, the 100th part of a dinar.
- a coin and monetary unit of Macedonia and Serbia, the 100th part of a dinar.
Origin of para2
Origin of para3
- a paraprofessional.
- a paratrooper.
Origin of para4
- Also called parity. a woman's status regarding the bearing of viable offspring: usually followed by a Roman numeral designating the number of times the woman has given birth.
- the woman herself.
Origin of para5
- a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, most often attached to verbs and verbal derivatives, with the meanings “at or to one side of, beside, side by side” (parabola; paragraph; parallel; paralysis), “beyond, past, by” (paradox; paragogue); by extension from these senses, this prefix came to designate objects or activities auxiliary to or derivative of that denoted by the base word (parody; paronomasia), and hence abnormal or defective (paranoia), a sense now common in modern scientific coinages (parageusia; paralexia). As an English prefix, para-1 may have any of these senses; it is also productive in the naming of occupational roles considered ancillary or subsidiary to roles requiring more training, or of a higher status, on such models as paramedical and paraprofessional: paralegal; paralibrarian; parapolice.
- Chemistry. a combining form designating the para (1, 4) position in the benzene ring. Abbreviation: p-.Compare meta-(def 4b), ortho-(def 2b).
Origin of para-1
- a combining form meaning “guard against,” occurring in loanwords from French, or, via French, from Italian: parachute; parasol.
Origin of para-2
- a combining form extracted from parachute, forming compounds denoting persons or things utilizing parachutes or landed by parachute: paradrop; paradoctor; paraglider; paratrooper.
Examples from the Web for para
The Republicans have called their in-house campaign tech start-up Para Bellum Labs.Republicans Better Mind the Modernity Gap To Catch Up to Clinton
March 3, 2014
And your 2005 Sundance short, Victoria para chino, was a pretty big hit.True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga’s Journey from Pro Snowboarder to Hollywood’s Most Wanted
February 26, 2014
Our passage from Para was good until the brig reached the latitude of Bermuda.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The dearest events are summer-rain, and we the Para coats that shed every drop.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the neighbourhood of Para alone seven hundred species have been found.The Western World
Eight days later her men were rescued by the "City of Para."The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
A minute Turkish coin in accounts, of which three go to a para.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- a monetary unit of Serbia worth one hundredth of a dinar; formerly a monetary unit of Yugoslavia
- a soldier in an airborne unit
- an airborne unit
- a paragraph
- a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy frondsAlso called: horseshoe fern, king fern
- a state of N Brazil, on the Atlantic: mostly dense tropical rainforest Capital: Belém. Pop: 6 453 683 (2002). Area: 1 248 042 sq km (474 896 sq miles)
- another name for Belém
- an estuary in N Brazil into which flow the Tocantins River and a branch of the Amazon. Length: about 320 km (200 miles)
before a vowel par-
- beside; nearparameter; parathyroid
- defective; abnormalparaesthesia
- subsidiary toparaphysis
- (usually in italics) denoting that an organic compound contains a benzene ring with substituents attached to atoms that are directly opposite across the ring (the 1,4- positions)paradinitrobenzene; para- cresol Abbreviation: p- Compare ortho- (def. 4), meta- (def. 4)
- denoting an isomer, polymer, or compound related to a specified compoundparaldehyde; paracasein
- denoting the form of a diatomic substance in which the spins of the two constituent atoms are antiparallelparahydrogen Compare ortho- (def. 6)
- indicating an object that acts as a protection against somethingparachute; parasol
Word Origin and History for para
word-forming element meaning "defense, protection against; that which protects from," from Italian para, imperative of parare "to ward off," from Latin parare "make ready" (see pare).
before vowels, par-, word-forming element meaning "alongside, beyond; altered; contrary; irregular, abnormal," from Greek para- from para (prep.) "beside, near, issuing from, against, contrary to," from PIE *prea, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per). Cognate with Old English for- "off, away."
- A woman who has given birth to an infant or infants.
- Beside; near; alongside:paranucleus.
- Incorrect; abnormal:paradipsia.
- Similar to; resembling:paratyphoid.
- Subsidiary; assistant:paramedical.
- Isomeric; polymeric:paraldehyde.
- A diatomic molecule in which the nuclei have opposite spin directions:parahydrogen.
- Of or relating to one of three possible isomers of a benzene ring with two attached chemical groups in which the carbon atoms with attached groups are separated by two unsubstituted carbon atoms. Usually in italic:para-bromoiodobenzene.