a coin and monetary unit of Macedonia and Serbia, one 100th of a dinar.
formerly, a coin and monetary unit of Yugoslavia, one 100th of a dinar.
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a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster.
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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.
- Compare gravida.
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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.
- Also especially before a vowel, par- .
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a combining form meaning “guard against,” occurring in loanwords from French, or, via French, from Italian: parachute; parasol.
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How to use para in a sentence
Today, airplanes mainly hunt submarines by para-dropping a pattern of sonobuoys, most of which are passive listening devices.Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy | Bill Sweetman | May 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Lloyd Green | March 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Marlow Stern | February 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The superintendent and many of the workers go down the river to para and Manaos or to villages on higher ground.
Up to this time, all the rubber was called para rubber, named from the town of para in Brazil, from which all rubber was shipped.
Our picture shows a bin of crude up-river para the finest rubber known.
Methæmoglobin in the blood smaller than in para-acetamido-phenol, but more than when the methyl or ethyl compound is administered.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection | Alexander Wynter Blyth
The influence of position of an alkyl in the aromatic bodies is well shown in ortho-, para- and meta-derivatives.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection | Alexander Wynter Blyth
British Dictionary definitions for para (1 of 6)
a monetary unit of Serbia worth one hundredth of a dinar; formerly a monetary unit of Yugoslavia
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a soldier in an airborne unit
an airborne unit
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a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy fronds: Also called: horseshoe fern, king fern
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beside; near: parameter; parathyroid
defective; abnormal: paraesthesia
subsidiary to: paraphysis
denoting an isomer, polymer, or compound related to a specified compound: paraldehyde; paracasein
denoting the form of a diatomic substance in which the spins of the two constituent atoms are antiparallel: parahydrogen Compare ortho- (def. 6)
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indicating an object that acts as a protection against something: parachute; parasol
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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)
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