a distinct portion of written or printed matter dealing with a particular idea, usually beginning with an indentation on a new line.
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.
- par·a·graph·ism, noun
- par·a·gra·phis·ti·cal [par-uh-gruh-fis-ti-kuhl], /ˌpær ə grəˈfɪs tɪ kəl/, adjective
- sub·par·a·graph, noun
- un·par·a·graphed, adjective
- well-par·a·graphed, adjective
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How to use paragraph in a sentence
Obviously we’re still figuring this out, but I wanted to note it here given the above paragraph.Stocks are selling off again, and SaaS shares are taking the biggest lumps | Alex Wilhelm | September 4, 2020 | TechCrunch
Back in July, OpenAI’s latest language model, GPT-3, dazzled with its ability to churn out paragraphs that look as if they could have been written by a human.This know-it-all AI learns by reading the entire web nonstop | Will Heaven | September 4, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Digging through the previous paragraph, we just saw that after 48 hours there was a 25 percent chance of having two worms, a 50 percent chance of having three worms and a 25 percent chance of having four worms.
You can convey something in an instant that would take a paragraph.
Use paragraphs, headings, and signal words to display your content nicely on your webpage, allowing for greater user experience.
Think about that for a second if after the preceding paragraph you remain convinced of the infallibility of our system.For Ricky Jackson, a Just Verdict—But 39 Years Too Late | Cliff Schecter | November 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | William O’Connor | September 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For a writer who was a master of reduction, never one to linger on the passing view, this was an unusually effulgent paragraph.
If the story fell apart by the first paragraph, it would not save itself by the end.
Whitman is made to share a chapter, lumped in with Proust, Wilde, and Baudelaire, in which he is allotted a mere paragraph.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature | Malcolm Forbes | November 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
So they often occured mid-paragraph; here they have been moved to a more appropriate place.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
I mark this by inserting a paragraph-mark ( ) at the beginning of each tern.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
If we get to the bottom of it, we shall find that the countess inspired the paragraph that the Evening Mercury had to-night.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
I would not have believed it; it came to me quite as a shock—that paragraph in the late Mercury.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
In the original draft of the instructions was a curious paragraph which, on second thoughts, it was determined to omit.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for paragraph
(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
- paragraphic (ˌpærəˈɡræfɪk) or paragraphical, adjective
- paragraphically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for paragraph
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.
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