[ par-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈpær əˌlaɪz /
verb (used with object), par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing.
to affect with paralysis.
to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications.
Does Bimonthly Mean Twice A Month Or Every Two Months?The prefix bi- usually means ‘every two’, so bimonthly means ‘every two months’.Semi- means ‘half’ or ‘halfway’, so semimonthly means ‘every two weeks’. However, bimonthly can also mean ‘twice a month’ – but it is rarely used that way. It is best to remember that bi- is “every two” and semi- is “halfway.”
Also especially British, par·a·lyse.
Origin of paralyze
1795–1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze
SYNONYMS FOR paralyze
2 See shock1.
par·a·ly·zant, adjective, nounpar·a·ly·za·tion, nounpar·a·lyz·er, nounpar·a·lyz·ing·ly, adverb
sem·i·par·a·lyzed, adjectiveun·par·a·lyzed, adjective
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Word Origin and History for semi-paralyzed
1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for semi-paralyzed
[ păr′ə-līz′ ]
To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
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