Para



[pah-rah, pahr-ah] /pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ/

noun, plural paras, para.
1.
a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster.
[pah-rah, pahr-ah] /pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ/
noun, plural paras, para.
1.

[par-uh] /ˈpær ə/
adjective, Chemistry.
1.
pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 4) in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms.
Compare , 2 .
noun
2.
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[par-uh] /ˈpær ə/
noun, Informal.
1.
a paraprofessional.
2.
a paratrooper.
[par-uh] /ˈpær ə/
noun, plural paras, parae
[par-ee] /ˈpær i/ (Show IPA). Obstetrics.
1.
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.
2.
the woman herself.
[pah-rah] /pɑˈrɑ/
noun
1.
an estuary in N Brazil: an arm of the Amazon. 200 miles (320 km) long; 40 miles (65 km) wide.
2.
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3.
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1.
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 .
2.
Chemistry. a combining form designating the para (1, 4) position in the benzene ring.
Abbreviation: p-.
Compare (def 4b), (def 2b).
1.
a combining form meaning “guard against,” occurring in loanwords from French, or, via French, from Italian: parachute; parasol .
1.
a combining form extracted from , forming compounds denoting persons or things utilizing parachutes or landed by parachute: paradrop; paradoctor; paraglider; paratrooper .
1.
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/ˈpɑːrə/
noun (pl) -ras, -ra
1.
a monetary unit of Serbia worth one hundredth of a dinar; formerly a monetary unit of Yugoslavia
/ˈpærə/
noun (informal)
1.

2.
a paragraph
/ˈpɑːrɑː/
noun (pl) para
1.
a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy fronds Also called horseshoe fern, king fern
/Portuguese paˈra/
noun
1.
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)
2.
another name for Belém
3.
an estuary in N Brazil into which flow the Tocantins River and a branch of the Amazon. Length: about 320 km (200 miles)
prefix
1.
beside; near: parameter, parathyroid
2.
beyond: parapsychology
3.
resembling: paramnesia
4.
defective; abnormal: paraesthesia
5.
subsidiary to: paraphysis
6.
(usually in italics) denoting that an organic compound contains a benzene ring with substituents attached to atoms that are directly opposite across the ring (the 1,4- positions): paradinitrobenzene, para-cresol, p- Compare ortho- (sense 4), meta- (sense 4)
7.
denoting an isomer, polymer, or compound related to a specified compound: paraldehyde, paracasein
8.
denoting the form of a diatomic substance in which the spins of the two constituent atoms are antiparallel: parahydrogen Compare ortho- (sense 6)
combining form
1.
indicating an object that acts as a protection against something: parachute, parasol
noun

See paraeducator

before vowels, par-, word-forming element meaning “alongside, beyond; altered; contrary; irregular, abnormal,” from Greek para- from para (prep.) “beside, near, issuing from, against, contrary to,” from PIE *prea, from root *per- (1) “forward, through” (see per). Cognate with Old English for- “off, away.”

word-forming element meaning “defense, protection against; that which protects from,” from Italian para, imperative of parare “to ward off,” from Latin parare “make ready” (see pare).

para par·a (pār’ə)
n.
A woman who has given birth to an infant or infants.

para- or par-
pref.

paragraph

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