|Paradactylum Par`a·dac"ty·lum noun
; plural Paradactyla
. [ New Latin See Para-
, and Dactyl
.] (Zoology) The side of a toe or finger.
Parade Pa·rade" noun
[ French, from Spanish parada
a halt or stopping, an assembling for exercise, a place where troops are assembled to exercise, from parar
to stop, to prepare. See Pare
, transitive verb
] 1. The ground where a military display is held, or where troops are drilled. 2. (Mil.) An assembly and orderly arrangement or display of troops, in full equipments, for inspection or evolutions before some superior officer; a review of troops. Parades are general, regimental, or private (troop, battery, or company), according to the force assembled. 3. Pompous show; formal display or exhibition.
Be rich, but of your wealth make no parade . Swift. 4. That which is displayed; a show; a spectacle; an imposing procession; the movement of any body marshaled in military order; as, a parade of firemen.
In state returned the grand parade . Swift. 5. Posture of defense; guard.
[ A Gallicism.]
When they are not in parade , and upon their guard. Locke. 6. A public walk; a promenade. Dress parade
, Undress parade
. See under Dress , and Undress .
-- Parade rest
, a position of rest for soldiers, in which, however, they are required to be silent and motionless. Wilhelm. Syn.
-- Ostentation; display; show. -- Parade
is a pompous exhibition of things for the purpose of display; ostentation
now generally indicates a parade
of virtues or other qualities for which one expects to be honored. "It was not in the mere parade
of royalty that the Mexican potentates exhibited their power." Robertson.
"We are dazzled with the splendor of titles, the ostentation
of learning, and the noise of victories." Spectator.
Parade Pa·rade" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Paraded
; present participle & verbal noun Parading
.] [ Confer French parader
.] 1. To exhibit in a showy or ostentatious manner; to show off.
Parading all her sensibility. Byron. 2. To assemble and form; to marshal; to cause to maneuver or march ceremoniously; as, to parade troops.
Parade Pa·rade" intransitive verb 1. To make an exhibition or spectacle of one's self, as by walking in a public place. 2. To assemble in military order for evolutions and inspection; to form or march, as in review.
Paradigm Par"a·digm noun [ French paradigme , Latin paradigma , from Greek ..., from ... to show by the side of, to set up as an example; para` beside + ... to show. See Para- , and Diction .] 1. An example; a model; a pattern. [ R.] "The paradigms and patterns of all things." Cudworth. 2. (Gram.) An example of a conjugation or declension, showing a word in all its different forms of inflection. 3. (Rhet.) An illustration, as by a parable or fable.
Paradigmatic Par`a·dig·mat"ic noun (Eccl. Hist.) A writer of memoirs of religious persons, as examples of Christian excellence.
Paradigmatic, Paradigmatical Par`a·dig·mat"ic, Par`a·dig·mat"ic·al adjective [ Greek paradeigmatiko`s .] Exemplary. -- Par`a*dig*mat"ic*al*ly , adverb [ Obsolete]
Paradigmatize Par`a·dig"ma·tize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Paradigmatized ; present participle & verbal noun Paradigmatizing .] [ Greek paradeigmati`zein . See Paradigm .] To set forth as a model or example. [ Obsolete] Hammond.
Paradisaic, Paradisaical Par`a·di·sa"ic, Par`a·di·sa"ic·al adjective Of or pertaining to, or resembling, paradise; paradisiacal. " Paradisaical pleasures." Gray.
Paradisal Par"a·di`sal adjective Paradisiacal.
Paradise Par"a·dise noun
[ Middle English & French paradis
, Latin paradisus
, from Greek para`deisos
park, paradise, from Zend pairidaēza
an inclosure; pairi
around (akin to Greek ...) + diz
to throw up, pile up; confer Sanskrit dih
to smear, and English dough
. Confer Parvis
.] 1. The garden of Eden, in which Adam and Eve were placed after their creation. 2. The abode of sanctified souls after death.
To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise . Luke xxiii. 43.
It sounds to him like her mother's voice, Longfellow. 3. A place of bliss; a region of supreme felicity or delight; hence, a state of happiness.
Singing in Paradise .
The earth Milton.
Shall be all paradise .
Wrapt in the very paradise of some creative vision. Beaconsfield. 4. (Architecture) An open space within a monastery or adjoining a church, as the space within a cloister, the open court before a basilica, etc. 5. A churchyard or cemetery.
[ Obsolete] Oxf. Gloss. Fool's paradise
. See under Fool , and Limbo .
-- Grains of paradise
. (Botany) See Melequeta pepper , under Pepper .
-- Paradise bird
. (Zoology) Same as Bird of paradise . Among the most beautiful species are the superb ( Lophorina superba ); the magnificent ( Diphyllodes magnifica ); and the six-shafted paradise bird ( Parotia sefilata ). The long-billed paradise birds ( Epimachinæ ) also include some highly ornamental species, as the twelve-wired paradise bird ( Seleucides alba ), which is black, yellow, and white, with six long breast feathers on each side, ending in long, slender filaments. See Bird of paradise in the Vocabulary.
-- Paradise fish (Zoology)
, a beautiful fresh-water Asiatic fish ( Macropodus viridiauratus ) having very large fins. It is often kept alive as an ornamental fish.
-- Paradise flycatcher (Zoology)
, any flycatcher of the genus Terpsiphone , having the middle tail feathers extremely elongated. The adult male of T. paradisi is white, with the head glossy dark green, and crested.
-- Paradise grackle (Zoology)
, a very beautiful bird of New Guinea, of the genus Astrapia , having dark velvety plumage with brilliant metallic tints.
-- Paradise nut (Botany)
, the sapucaia nut. See Sapucaia nut .
[ Local, U. S.] -- Paradise whidah bird
. (Zoology) See Whidah .
Paradise Par"a·dise transitive verb To affect or exalt with visions of felicity; to entrance; to bewitch. [ R.] Marston.
Paradisean Par`a·dis"e·an adjective Paradisiacal.
Paradised Par"a·dised adjective Placed in paradise; enjoying delights as of paradise.
Paradisiac, Paradisiacal Par`a·dis"i·ac, Par`a·di·si"a·cal adjective
[ Latin paradisiacus
.] Of or pertaining to paradise; suitable to, or like, paradise. C. Kingsley. T. Burnet.
The valley . . . is of quite paradisiac beauty. G. Eliot.
Paradisial, Paradisian Par`a·dis"i·al, Par`a·dis"i·an adjective Paradisiacal. [ R.]
Paradisic Par`a·dis"ic adjective Paradisiacal. [ R.] Broome.
Paradisical Par`a·dis"ic·al adjective Paradisiacal. [ R.]
Parados Par`a·dos noun
; plural Paradoses
. [ French, from parer
to defend + dos
back, Latin dorsum
.] (Fort.) An intercepting mound, erected in any part of a fortification to protect the defenders from a rear or ricochet fire; a traverse. Farrow.
Paradox Par`a·dox noun
; plural Paradoxes
. [ French paradoxe
, Latin paradoxum
, from Greek ...; para`
beside, beyond, contrary to + ... to think, suppose, imagine. See Para-
, and Dogma
.] A tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion; an assertion or sentiment seemingly contradictory, or opposed to common sense; that which in appearance or terms is absurd, but yet may be true in fact.
A gloss there is to color that paradox , and make it appear in show not to be altogether unreasonable. Hooker.
This was sometime a paradox , but now the time gives it proof. Shak. Hydrostatic paradox
. See under Hydrostatic .
Paradoxal Par"a·dox`al adjective Paradoxical. [ Obsolete]
Paradoxer Par"a·dox`er noun , Par"a*dox`ist noun One who proposes a paradox.
Paradoxical Par`a·dox"ic·al adjective 1. Of the nature of a paradox. 2. Inclined to paradoxes, or to tenets or notions contrary to received opinions. Southey. -- Par`a*dox"ic*al*ly , adverb -- Par`a*dox"ic*al*ness , noun
Paradoxides Par`a·dox"i·des noun [ New Latin ] (Paleon.) A genus of large trilobites characteristic of the primordial formations.
Paradoxology Par`a·dox·ol"o·gy noun [ Paradox + -logy .] The use of paradoxes. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Paradoxure Par`a·dox"ure (-dŏks"ur) noun [ Greek para`doxos incredible, paradoxical + o'yra` tail. So called because its tail is unlike that of the other animals to which it was supposed to be related.] (Zoology) Any species of Paradoxurus , a genus of Asiatic viverrine mammals allied to the civet, as the musang, and the luwack or palm cat ( Paradoxurus hermaphroditus ). See Musang .
Paradoxy Par"a·dox`y noun 1. A paradoxical statement; a paradox. 2. The quality or state of being paradoxical. Coleridge
Paraffin Par"af·fin (păr"ăf*fĭn), Par"af*fine noun [ French paraffine , from Latin parum too little + affinis akin. So named in allusion to its chemical inactivity.] (Chemistry) A white waxy substance, resembling spermaceti, tasteless and odorless, and obtained from coal tar, wood tar, petroleum, etc., by distillation. It is used as an illuminant and lubricant. It is very inert, not being acted upon by most of the strong chemical reagents. It was formerly regarded as a definite compound, but is now known to be a complex mixture of several higher hydrocarbons of the methane or marsh-gas series; hence, by extension, any substance, whether solid, liquid, or gaseous, of the same chemical series; thus coal gas and kerosene consist largely of paraffins . » In the present chemical usage this word is spelt paraffin , but in commerce it is commonly spelt paraffine . Native paraffin . See Ozocerite . - - Paraffin series . See Methane series , under Methane .
Parage Par"age noun
[ French, from Latin par
, adj., equal. Confer Peerage
an equal.] 1. (Old Eng. Law) Equality of condition, blood, or dignity; also, equality in the partition of an inheritance. Spelman. 2. (Feudal Law) Equality of condition between persons holding unequal portions of a fee. Burrill. 3. Kindred; family; birth.
[ Obsolete] Ld. Berners.
We claim to be of high parage . Chaucer.
Paragenesis Par`a·gen"e·sis (păr`ȧ*jĕn"e*sĭs) noun [ Prefix para- + genesis .] (Min.) The science which treats of minerals with special reference to their origin.
Paragenesis Par`a·gen"e·sis noun [ New Latin ; para- + genesis .] (Geol.) (a) The formation of minerals in contact, so as to affect one another's development. (b) The order in which minerals occurring together in rocks and veins have developed.
Paragenic Par`a·gen"ic (-ĭk) adjective [ Prefix para- + the root of ge`nos birth.] (Biol.) Originating in the character of the germ, or at the first commencement of an individual; -- said of peculiarities of structure, character, etc.
Paraglobulin Par`a·glob"u·lin (-glŏb"u*lĭn) noun [ Prefix para- + globulin .] (Physiol. Chem.) An albuminous body in blood serum, belonging to the group of globulins. See Fibrinoplastin .
; plural Paraglossæ
(- sē). [ New Latin , from Greek para`
beside + glw^ssa
tongue.] (Zoology) One of a pair of small appendages of the lingua or labium of certain insects. See Illust. under Hymenoptera .
Paragnath Par"ag·nath noun (Zoology) Same as Paragnathus .
Paragnathous Pa·rag"na·thous adjective (Zoology) Having both mandibles of equal length, the tips meeting, as in certain birds.
Paragnathus Pa·rag"na·thus noun
; plural Paragnathi
. [ New Latin See Para-
, and Gnathic
.] (Zoology) (a) One of the two lobes which form the lower lip, or metastome, of Crustacea. (b) One of the small, horny, toothlike jaws of certain annelids.
Paragoge Par`a·go"ge noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., from ... to lead beside, protract; para` beside + ... to lead.] 1. (Gram.) The addition of a letter or syllable to the end of a word, as withouten for without . 2. (Medicine) Coaptation. [ Obsolete] Dunglison.
Paragogic, Paragogical Par`a·gog"ic, Par`a·gog"ic·al adjective [ Confer French paragogique .] Of, pertaining to, or constituting, a paragoge; added to the end of, or serving to lengthen, a word. Paragogic letters , in the Semitic languages, letters which are added to the ordinary forms of words, to express additional emphasis, or some change in the sense.
Paragon Par"a·gon noun
[ Old French paragon
, French parangon
; confer Italian paragone
, Spanish paragon
; probably from Greek ... to rub against; para`
beside + ... whetstone; confer LGr. ... a polishing stone.] 1. A companion; a match; an equal.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
Philoclea, who indeed had no paragon but her sister. Sir P. Sidney. 2. Emulation; rivalry; competition.
Full many feats adventurous Spenser. 3. A model or pattern; a pattern of excellence or perfection; as, a paragon of beauty or eloquence. Udall.
Performed, in paragon of proudest men.
Man, . . . the paragon of animals ! Shak.
The riches of sweet Mary's son, Emerson. 4. (Print.) A size of type between great primer and double pica. See the Note under Type .
Boy-rabbi, Israel's paragon .
Paragon Par"a·gon transitive verb
[ Confer Old French paragonner
, French parangonner
.] 1. To compare; to parallel; to put in rivalry or emulation with.
[ Obsolete] Sir P. Sidney. 2. To compare with; to equal; to rival.
[ R.] Spenser.
In arms anon to paragon the morn, Glover. 3. To serve as a model for; to surpass.
The morn new rising.
He hath achieved a maid Shak.
That paragons description and wild fame.
Paragon Par"a·gon intransitive verb To be equal; to hold comparison.
Few or none could . . . paragon with her. Shelton.
Paragonite Pa·rag"o·nite noun [ From Greek ..., present participle of ... to mislead.] (Min.) A kind of mica related to muscovite, but containing soda instead of potash. It is characteristic of the paragonite schist of the Alps.
Paragram Par"a·gram noun
[ Greek ... that which one writes beside. See Paragraph
.] A pun.
Puns, which he calls paragrams . Addison.
Paragrammatist Par`a·gram"ma·tist noun A punster.
Paragrandine Pa`ra·gran"di·ne noun [ Italian , from parare to parry + grandine hail.] An instrument to avert the occurrence of hailstorms. See Paragrêle . Knight.
Paragraph Par"a·graph noun [ French paragraphe , Late Latin paragraphus , from Greek para`grafos (sc. grammh` ) a line or stroke drawn in the margin, from paragra`fein to write beside; para` beside + gra`fein to write. See Para- , and Graphic , and confer Paraph .] 1. Originally, a marginal mark or note, set in the margin to call attention to something in the text, e. g. , a change of subject; now, the character ¶, commonly used in the text as a reference mark to a footnote, or to indicate the place of a division into sections. » This character is merely a modification of a capital P (the initial of the word paragraph ), the letter being reversed, and the black part made white and the white part black for the sake of distinctiveness. 2. A distinct part of a discourse or writing; any section or subdivision of a writing or chapter which relates to a particular point, whether consisting of one or many sentences. The division is sometimes noted by the mark ..., but usually, by beginning the first sentence of the paragraph on a new line and at more than the usual distance from the margin. 3. A brief composition complete in one typographical section or paragraph; an item, remark, or quotation comprised in a few lines forming one paragraph; as, a column of news paragraphs ; an editorial paragraph .
Paragraph Par"a·graph transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Paragraphed ; present participle & verbal noun Paragraphing .] 1. To divide into paragraphs; to mark with the character ¶. 2. To express in the compass of a paragraph; as, to paragraph an article. 3. To mention in a paragraph or paragraphs
Paragrapher Par"a·graph`er noun A writer of paragraphs; a paragraphist.
Paragraphic, Paragraphical Par`a·graph"ic, Par`a·graph"ic·al adjective Pertaining to, or consisting of, a paragraph or paragraphs. -- Par`a*graph"ic*al*ly , adverb
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