[par-uh-tran-sit, -zit] /ˌpær əˈtræn sɪt, -zɪt/
public or group transportation, as by automobile, van, or minibus, organized to relieve the congestion of mass transportation.
any type of public transportation that is distinct from conventional transit, such as flexibly scheduled and routed services such as airport limousines, carpools, etc.
para- ‘alongside of’ + transit
also para-transit, 1973, from para- (1) + transit.
[par-uh-troop] /ˈpær əˌtrup/ adjective 1. of or relating to a or a parachute unit: paratroop boots. noun 2. .
[par-uh-troo-per] /ˈpær əˌtru pər/ noun 1. a member of a military infantry unit trained to attack or land in combat areas by parachuting from airplanes. n. 1941, from parachute + trooper. The collective noun paratroops is first recorded 1940. Earliest reference is to the German invaders who were expected to drop on England.
[par-uh-troop] /ˈpær əˌtrup/ adjective 1. of or relating to a or a parachute unit: paratroop boots. noun 2. . /ˈpærəˌtruːps/ plural noun 1. troops trained and equipped to be dropped by parachute into a battle area Also called paratroopers, parachute troops n. 1940, from parachute + plural of troop (n.).
[par-uh-trof-ik, -troh-fik] /ˌpær əˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk/ adjective 1. obtaining nourishment from living organic matter; parasitic. paratrophic par·a·troph·ic (pār’ə-trŏf’ĭk, -trō’fĭk) adj. Deriving sustenance from living organic material.