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
For those who have not the paras for the caf or the bath, the mosques offer their shaded courts.Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu | Constance Fenimore Woolson
Three paras of paddy are set apart for the local village deity.Castes and Tribes of Southern India | Edgar Thurston
It was a decontaminant spray; credited with the ability to destroy the contagion that made paras out of men.
I repeat: a vaccine has been found which absolutely prevents anyone from becoming a para, and which cures those who are paras now.
It's a part of a normal environment, but it doesn't normally produce paras.
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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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