- a distinct portion of written or printed matter dealing with a particular idea, usually beginning with an indentation on a new line.
- a paragraph mark.
- a note, item, or brief article, as in a newspaper.
- to divide into paragraphs.
- to write or publish paragraphs about, as in a newspaper.
- to express in a paragraph.
Origin of paragraph
Examples from the Web for paragraph
It goes on like that for another half a paragraph, but you get the idea.David Mitchell’s ‘The Bone Clocks’ Is Fun But Mostly Empty Calories
September 14, 2014
If the story fell apart by the first paragraph, it would not save itself by the end.Amy Tan: How I Write
December 11, 2013
Fineman enumerates “15 Reasons Why American Politics Has Become An Apocalyptic Mess,” each summarized in just one paragraph.Why Money Is the Root of All That’s Wrong With Washington
October 21, 2013
And writers seem to get it a lot, the relationship between words and page and phrase and paragraph, or stanza.The Writer and the Potter: Edmund De Waal on his New York Debut
September 12, 2013
So—most of these stories are vignettes: short shorts, sketches, lightning flashes of fiction that last only a paragraph or two.Intriguing, Humorous, Even Poetic: Peter Orner’s New Story Collection
August 13, 2013
Before returning it to his pocket he stole a glance at the last lines of a paragraph.The Secret Agent
Here and there a paragraph was marked, and leaves dog's-eared.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The Times of to-day has a paragraph on the big trees of California.
She cannot love him, or she could not be thinking of a paragraph in the newspaper at this moment.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
As it's so serious the paragraph shall go in, I promise you.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (in a piece of writing) one of a series of subsections each usually devoted to one idea and each usually marked by the beginning of a new line, indentation, increased interlinear space, etc
- printing the character ¶, used as a reference mark or to indicate the beginning of a new paragraph
- a short article in a newspaper
- to form into paragraphs
- to express or report in a paragraph
Word Origin and History for paragraph
late 15c., from Middle French paragraphe "division of text" (13c., Old French paragrafe), from Medieval Latin paragraphus "sign for start of a new section of discourse" (the sign looked something like a stylized letter -P-), from Greek paragraphos "short stroke in the margin marking a break in sense," also "a passage so marked," literally "anything written beside," from paragraphein "write by the side," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy).
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.