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paper pulp
      raw material for paper manufacture that contains vegetable, mineral, or man-made fibres. It forms a matted or felted sheet on a screen when moisture is ...
paper tape
Computers. a narrow strip of paper in which holes are punched in designated patterns to represent characters: formerly in common use as an input/output medium. Also called ...
paper tiger
a person, group, nation, or thing that has the appearance of strength or power but is actually weak or ineffectual. [1945-50] * * *
paper trail
a written or printed record, as of transactions or judicial opinions, esp. when used to incriminate someone. [1975-80] * * *
paper wasp
any of several social wasps, as the yellow jacket or hornet, that construct a nest of a paperlike substance consisting of chewed plant material. [1850-55, Amer.] * * * ▪ ...
/pay"peuhr klip"/, v.t., paper-clipped, paper-clipping. to fasten together with one or more paper clips: Paper-clip these letters and file them. [1960-65] * * *
/pay'peuhr meuh shay", -ma-/, n., adj. papier-mâché. * * *
—paper-pushing, adj. /pay"peuhr poosh'euhr/, n. Informal. 1. a person who has a routine desk job. 2. a bureaucrat. Also called paper-shuffler /pay"peuhr shuf'leuhr/. * * *
/pay"peuhr sheld"/, adj. having a thin, easily broken shell: paper-shelled nuts. [1880-85] * * *
/pay"peuhr thin"/, adj. 1. extremely thin: a paper-thin razor blade. 2. inadequate or unconvincing; flimsy: a paper-thin excuse. [1925-30] * * *
/pay"peuhr trayn'/, v.t. to train (a pet) to defecate or urinate on sheets of disposable paper. * * *
paper-white narcissus
/pay"peuhr hwuyt', -wuyt'/ a white-flowered variety of Narcissus tazetta, often forced for indoor bloom. Also called paper-white. * * *
/pay"peuhr bak'/, n. 1. a book bound in a flexible paper cover, often a lower-priced edition of a hardcover book. adj. 2. (of a book) bound in a flexible paper cover: a paperback ...
See paperback. * * *
/pay"peuhr bahrk'/, n. cajeput. [1835-45; PAPER + BARK2] * * *
paperbark maple
a shrub or tree, Acer griseum, native to China, cultivated for its attractive papery brownish bark. [1925-30] * * *
paperbark tree
▪ plant       any of several small trees belonging to the genus Melaleuca, in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae), characterized by their whitish papery bark. They are native ...
paper birch n. A North American birch tree (Betula papyrifera) having paperlike white bark used to make baskets, toy canoes, and other articles. Also called canoe birch. * * *
/pay"peuhr bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. a thick, stiff cardboard composed of layers of paper or paper pulp compressed together; pasteboard. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or made of ...
paperbound [pā′pər bound΄] adj. designating or of a book bound in paper; paperbacked * * * pa·per·bound (pāʹpər-bound') adj. Bound in paper; paperback. * * *
/pay"peuhr boy'/, n. a youth or man who sells newspapers on the street or delivers them to homes; newsboy. [1875-80; PAPER + BOY] * * *
paper clip n. A wire or plastic clip for holding sheets of paper together. * * *
paper cutter n. A device for trimming paper to desired dimensions, typically a ruled board with a long pivoted cutting knife attached to one side. * * *
/pay"peuhr euhr/, n. 1. a paperhanger. 2. a person who lines or covers something with paper. [1835-45; PAPER + -ER1] * * *
/pay"peuhr gerrl'/, n. a girl who delivers newspapers to homes. [PAPER + GIRL] * * *
/pay"peuhr hang'euhr/, n. 1. a person whose job is covering walls with wallpaper. 2. Slang. a person who passes worthless checks. [1790-1800; PAPER + HANGER] * * *
/pay"peuhr hang'ing/, n. 1. the activity or business of a paperhanger. 2. paperhangings, Archaic. wallpaper. [1685-95; PAPER + HANGING] * * *
See papery. * * *
pa·per·knife (pāʹpər-nīf') n. A thin dull knife used for opening sealed envelopes, slitting uncut pages of books, and creasing paper. * * *
paperless [pā′pər ləs] adj. functioning or accomplished entirely by electronic means, without paper documents or the use of paper for record keeping [a paperless office, ...
See paperless. * * *
—papermaking, n. /pay"peuhr may'keuhr/, n. a person or thing that makes paper. [1565-75; PAPER + MAKER] * * *
papermaking [pā′pər māk΄iŋ] n. the making of paper papermaker n. * * * pa·per·mak·ing (pāʹpər-mā'kĭng) n. The process or craft of making ...
paper money n. Currency in the form of government notes and bank notes. * * *
paper mulberry n. An eastern Asian ornamental deciduous tree (Broussonetia papyrifera) having bark that can be processed into a paperlike fabric. * * *
paper nautilus n. A cephalopod mollusk (Argonauta argo) with eight tentacles, the female of which inhabits a paper-thin shell that later acts as an egg case. Also called ...
/pay"peuhr perr'seuhn/, n. a person who delivers newspapers to customers door to door. [PAPER(BOY) + -PERSON] Usage. See -person. * * *
paper plant n. See papyrus. * * *
paper tiger n. One that is seemingly dangerous and powerful but is in fact timid and weak: “They are paper tigers, weak and indecisive” (Frederick Forsyth). * * *
paper trail n. Informal Documentary evidence of one's actions: “Judges leave a paper trail, a track record of opinions that tell, literally, where they are coming from” ...
paper wasp n. Any of various social wasps, such as the hornet, that build papery nests from chewed wood pulp. * * *
/pay"peuhr wayt'/, n. a small, heavy object of glass, metal, etc., placed on papers to keep them from scattering. [1855-60; PAPER + WEIGHT] * * *
☆ paperwhite [pā′pər hwīt΄ ] n. POLYANTHUS (sense 2) * * * paper white n. A daffodil (Narcissus papyraceus) having star-shaped, pure white flowers and often grown ...
/pay"peuhr werrk'/, n. written or clerical work, as records or reports, forming a necessary but often a routine and secondary part of some work or job. [1580-90; PAPER + WORK] * ...
—paperiness, n. /pay"peuh ree/, adj. like paper; thin or flimsy: the papery petals of the narcissus. [1620-30; PAPER + -Y1] * * *
/pap"i tree/; Fr. /pannpeu trddee"/, n., pl. papeteries /-treez/; Fr. /-trddee"/. a box for holding stationery, esp. an ornamental one. [1840-50; < F, equiv. to papet(ier) ...
/pay"fee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Paphos, an ancient city of Cyprus sacred to Aphrodite. 2. of or pertaining to love, esp. illicit sexual love; erotic; wanton. 3. ...
Paphian Goddess
Class. Myth. Aphrodite, worshiped in Cyprus as the goddess of sexual love. * * *
/paf'leuh goh"nee euh, -gohn"yeuh/, n. an ancient country and Roman province in N Asia Minor, on the S coast of the Black Sea. * * * Ancient district, northern Anatolia, on the ...
/pay"fos/, n. 1. an ancient city in SW Cyprus. 2. Also, Paphus /pay"feuhs/. Class. Myth. the son of Pygmalion, who inherited the throne of Cyprus. * * * ▪ Cyprus Greek ...
/pah'pyah men"taw/; Eng. /pah'pyeuh men"toh/, n. a creolized language based on Spanish and spoken on Curaçao. * * * ▪ language also spelled  Papiamentu, ...
Pa·pia·men·tu (pä'pyə-mĕnʹto͞o) also Pa·pia·men·to (-tō) n. A creole based on Portuguese and pidginized Spanish and spoken in the Netherlands Antilles.   [From ...
▪ early Christian writer and bishop flourished 2nd century       bishop of Hierapolis, Phrygia (now in Turkey), whose work “Explanation of the Sayings of the Lord,” ...
papier collé
Fr. /pann pyay" kaw lay"/, pl. papiers collés Fr. /pann pyay" kaw lay"/. collage. [ < F: lit., glued paper] * * *
/pay'peuhr meuh shay", -ma-/; Fr. /pann pyay mah shay"/, n. 1. a substance made of pulped paper or paper pulp mixed with glue and other materials or of layers of paper glued and ...
/peuh pil'ee euh nay"sheuhs/, adj. Bot. 1. having an irregular corolla shaped somewhat like a butterfly, as the pea and other leguminous plants. 2. belonging to the family ...
—papillar /pap"euh leuhr, peuh pil"euhr/, adj. /peuh pil"euh/, n., pl. papillae /-pil"ee/. 1. any small, nipplelike process or projection. 2. one of certain small protuberances ...
/pap"euh ler'ee, peuh pil"euh ree/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a papilla or papillae. 2. having or covered with papillae. [1660-70; < L papill(a) nipple + ...
papillary muscle
Anat. one of the small bundles of muscles attached to the ventricle walls and to the chordae tendineae that tighten these tendons during ventricular contraction. [1885-90] * * *
See papillary. * * *
/peuh pil"euh fawrm'/, adj. resembling a papilla. [1820-30; PAPILL(A) + -I- + -FORM] * * *
—papillomatosis, n. —papillomatous /pap'euh loh"meuh teuhs, -lom"euh-/, adj. /pap'euh loh"meuh/, n., pl. papillomata /-meuh teuh/, papillomas. Pathol. a benign tumor of the ...
See papilloma. * * *
/pap'euh loh"meuh vuy'reuhs/, n., pl. papillomaviruses. any of several viruses of the family Papovaviridae, containing circular DNA, causing papillomas in various animals and ...
/pap"euh lon'/; Fr. /pann pee yawonn"/, n., pl. papillons /-lon'/; Fr. /-yawonn"/. one of a breed of toy spaniels having a long, silky coat and large, erect ears held so that ...
—papillosity /pap'euh los"i tee/, n. /pap"euh lohs'/, adj. full of papillae. [1745-55; PAPILL(A) + -OSE1] * * *
/pap"euh loht'/; Fr. /pann pee yawt"/, n. 1. a decorative curled paper placed over the end of the bone of a cutlet or chop. 2. a wrapping of foil or oiled paper in which food is ...
Papin, Denis
▪ British physicist born Aug. 22, 1647, Blois, Fr. died c. 1712, , London, Eng.  French-born British physicist who invented the pressure cooker and suggested the first ...
Papineau, Louis Joseph
born Oct. 7, 1786, Montreal, Que. died Sept. 23, 1871, Montebello, Que., Can. Canadian politician. He was elected to the legislative assembly of Lower Canada (now Quebec) in ...
Papineau, Louis-Joseph
▪ Canadian politician born Oct. 7, 1786, Montreal, Quebec [Canada] died Sept. 25, 1871, Montebello, Que., Can.       politician who was the radical leader of the ...
Papineau-Couture, Jean
▪ 2001       Canadian composer (b. Nov. 12, 1916, Outremont, Que.—d. Aug. 11, 2000, Montreal, Que.), was one of the country's foremost contemporary music composers and ...
Papini, Giovanni
▪ Italian author born Jan. 9, 1881, Florence, Italy died July 8, 1956, Florence       journalist, critic, poet, and novelist, one of the most outspoken and ...
/peuh pin"ee euhn/, n. (Aemilius Papinianus) died A.D. 212, Roman jurist and writer. * * * ▪ Roman jurist Latin  in full Aemilius Papinianus  born AD 140, probably Emesa, ...
/pay"piz euhm/, n. Usually Disparaging. Roman Catholicism. [1540-50; < MF papisme. See POPE, -ISM] * * *
—papistlike, adj. —papistly, adv. /pay"pist/, Usually Disparaging. n. 1. a Roman Catholic. adj. 2. papistical. [1515-25; earlier papista < NL. See POPE, -IST] * * *
See papist. * * *
—papistically, adv. /pay pis"ti keuhl, peuh-/, adj. Usually Disparaging. of or pertaining to the Roman Catholic Church. Also, papistic. [1530-40; prob. < MF papistique (see ...
/pay"peuh stree/, n. Usually Disparaging. the Roman Catholic Church. [1540-50; PAPIST + -RY] * * *
Papon, Maurice-Arthur-Jean
▪ 2008       French bureaucrat born Sept. 3, 1910 , Gretz-Armainvilliers, France died Feb. 17, 2007, Paris, France as a high-ranking local official (1942–44) in ...
/pa poohs", peuh-/, n. a North American Indian baby or young child. Also, pappoose. [1625-35, Amer.; < Narragansett (E sp.) papoòs baby, or Massachusett (E sp.) pappouse] * * *
/pa poohs"rooht', -root', peuh-/, n. the blue cohosh. See under cohosh. [1805-15, Amer.] * * *
/peuh poh"veuh vuy'reuhs/, n., pl. papovaviruses. Pathol., Vet. Pathol. any of a group of DNA-containing human and animal viruses, including polyoma viruses and some ...
/pap/, n. Joseph (Yosl Papirofsky), 1921-91, U.S. theatrical producer and director. * * *
Papp, Joseph
orig. Joseph Papirofsky born June 22, 1921, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 31, 1991, New York, N.Y. U.S. theatrical producer and director. He studied acting and directing and ...
Papp, Laszlo
▪ 2004       Hungarian boxer (b. March 25, 1926, Budapest, Hung.—d. Oct. 16, 2003, Budapest), was the first three-time Olympic boxing champion; he won the middleweight ...
Papp (păp), Joseph. 1921-1991. American stage producer and director known for his productions of Hair (1967) and A Chorus Line (1975). His New York Shakespeare Festival made ...
pap·pa·dam (päʹpə-dəm) n. A very thin flatbread made with lentil flour, often crisped by deep-frying or grilling.   [Tamil : Hindi pāpaṛ(from Prakrit pappaḍa-, from ...
/pap'euhr del"ee, -del"ay/, n. flat pasta cut in wide strips. [ < It] * * *
pappataci fever
▪ pathology also called  phlebotomus fever,  three-day fever , or  sandfly fever        acute, infectious, febrile disease caused by a phlebovirus (family ...
pap·pa·ta·ci fever (pä'pə-täʹchē) n. See sandfly fever.   [Italian pappataci, sandfly : pappare, to eat (from Latin pappāre, from pappa, food) + -taci, silently (from ...
Pappenheim, Gottfried Heinrich, Count (Graf) zu
▪ German officer born May 29, 1594, Treuchtlingen, Bavaria [Germany] died Nov. 17, 1632, Leipzig       German cavalry commander conspicuous early in the Thirty Years' ...
/pap"euhn huy'meuhr, pah"peuhn-/, n. a heavy rapier of the 17th century, having a swept guard with two perforated plates. Also called Walloon sword. [named after Gottfried ...
/pap"ohs/, adj. Bot. 1. having or forming a pappus. 2. downy. Also, pappous /pap"euhs/. [1625-35; PAPP(US) + -OSE1] * * *
See pappose. * * *
/pap"euhs/, n., pl. pappi /pap"uy/. Bot. a downy, bristly, or other tuftlike appendage of the achene of certain plants, as the dandelion and the thistle. [1695-1705; < NL < Gk ...
Pappus of Alexandria
▪ Greek mathematician flourished AD 320       the most important mathematical author writing in Greek during the later Roman Empire, known for his Synagoge ...
Pappus's theorem
▪ geometry  in mathematics, theorem named for the 4th-century Greek geometer Pappus of Alexandria that describes the volume of a solid, obtained by revolving a plane region ...
pappy1 /pap"ee/, adj., pappier, pappiest. like pap; mushy. [1670-80; PAP1 + -Y1] pappy2 /pap"ee/, n., pl. pappies. Older Use. father. [1755-65; PAP(A) + -Y2] * * *
/pa pree"keuh, peuh-, pah-, pap"ri keuh/, n. 1. a red, powdery condiment derived from dried, ripe sweet peppers. adj. 2. cooked or seasoned with paprika. [1895-1900; < Hungarian ...
Pap smear (păp) n. A test for cancer, especially of the female genital tract, in which a smear of exfoliated cells is specially stained and examined under a microscope for ...
/pap"yooh euh, pah"pooh ah'/, n. 1. See Papua New Guinea. 2. Gulf of, an inlet of the Coral Sea on the SE coast of New Guinea. * * * formerly Irian Jaya Province (pop., 2000 ...
Papua New Guinea
an independent republic in the W Pacific Ocean, comprising the E part of New Guinea and numerous near-lying islands, including the Bismarck Archipelago, the Admiralty Islands, ...
Papua New Guinea, flag of
▪ Flag History       diagonally divided red-black national flag featuring a yellow bird-of-paradise and the Southern Cross constellation. The flag's width-to-length ...
Papua New Guinean
1. a native or inhabitant of Papua New Guinea. 2. of or pertaining to Papua New Guinea or its people. [1970-75; PAPUA NEW GUINE(A) + -AN] * * *
Papua, Gulf of
▪ gulf, Pacific Ocean       inlet of the Coral Sea (southwestern Pacific Ocean) indenting the southeast coast of the island of New Guinea. About 225 miles (360 km) ...
Papua,Gulf of
Pap·u·a (păpʹyo͞o-ə, päʹpo͞o-ä'), Gulf of A large inlet of the Coral Sea on the southeast coast of New Guinea. * * *
/pap"yooh euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to New Guinea or to Papua New Guinea. 2. noting or pertaining to the indigenous black peoples of New Guinea, characterized by a black or ...
Papuan languages
Group of about 750 languages spoken by indigenous peoples of New Guinea and parts of some neighbouring islands, including Alor, Bougainville, Halmahera, New Britain, New Ireland, ...
PapuaNew Guinea
Papua New Guinea A country of the southwest Pacific Ocean comprising the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, the western Solomons, and adjacent ...
PapuaNew Guinean
See Papua New Guinea. * * *
/pap"yeuh leuh/, n., pl. papulae /-lee'/. one of the small, ciliated projections of the body wall of an echinoderm, serving for respiration and excretion. [1700-10; < NL, L: ...
See papule. * * *
—papular, adj. —papulose /pap"yeuh lohs'/, adj. /pap"yoohl/, n. Pathol. a small, somewhat pointed elevation of the skin, usually inflammatory but nonsuppurative. [1855-60; < ...
Papworth Hospital
a hospital near Cambridge, England, which is especially known for carrying out heart operations. * * *
/pap'euh ray"sheuhs/, adj. papery. [1745-55; < L papyr(us) PAPYRUS + -ACEOUS] * * *
See papyrology. * * *
See papyrologic. * * *
—papyrological /peuh puy'reuh loj"i keuhl, peuh pear'euh-/, adj. —papyrologist, n. /pap'euh rol"euh jee/, n. the study of papyrus manuscripts. [1895-1900; PAPYR(US) + -o- + ...
—papyral, papyrian /peuh pir"ee euhn/, papyrine /peuh puy"rin/, adj. —papyritious /pap'euh rish"euhs/, adj. /peuh puy"reuhs/, n., pl. papyri /-puy"ruy, -ree/, papyruses. 1. a ...
papyrus column
▪ Egyptian religion       in Egyptian religion, amulet that conveyed freshness, youth, vigour, and the continuance of life to its wearer. The amulet, made of glazed ...
par1 /pahr/, n., adj., v., parred, parring. n. 1. an equality in value or standing; a level of equality: The gains and the losses are on a par. 2. an average, usual, or normal ...
par avion
/pann rddann vyawonn"/, French. by plane (used esp. as a designation on matter to be sent by airmail). * * *
par excellence
/pahr ek'seuh lahns", ek"seuh lans'/; Fr. /pann rddek se lahonns"/ being an example of excellence; superior; preeminent: a chef par excellence. [ < F] * * *
par exemple
par exemple [pȧr eg zän′pl'] n. 〚Fr〛 for example * * *
par value
par value n. the value of a stock, bond, etc. fixed at the time of its issue; face value: distinguished from MARKET VALUE * * *
par value.
See face value (def. 1). [1800-10] * * *
var. of para-1 before a vowel: parenchyma. * * *
/pahr"three"/, adj. of, pertaining to, or noting a small-scale golf course, usually having 18 holes of 150 yd. (137 m) in length from tee to cup on 7 to 40 acres (3 to 16 ...
1. paragraph. 2. parallel. 3. parenthesis. 4. parish. * * *
par. aff.
(in prescriptions) to the part affected. [ < L pars affecta] * * *
para1 /pah rah", pahr"ah/, n., pl. paras, para. a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster. [1680-90; < Turk < Pers para lit., piece] para2 /pah rah", pahr"ah/, ...
/pah rah"/, n. 1. an estuary in N Brazil: an arm of the Amazon. 200 mi. (320 km) long; 40 mi. (65 km) wide. 2. Belém. 3. See Pará rubber. * * * ▪ state, ...
Pará rhatany.
See under rhatany (def. 1). [see PARÁ RUBBER] * * *
Pará River
Channel of the Amazon River. It passes to the south and east of Marajó Island, in northeastern Pará state, northern Brazil, and is about 200 mi (320 km) long and 40 mi (64 km) ...
Pará rubber
India rubber obtained from the tree Hevea brasiliensis, of the spurge family, and other species of the same genus of tropical South America. [1895-1900; named after PARÁ] * * *
para-1 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" ...
para-aminobenzoic acid
/par"euh euh mee'noh ben zoh"ik, -am'euh noh-/, Chem., Biochem. part of the folic acid molecule, a white or yellowish, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C7H7NO2, the ...
par·a-a·mi·no·ben·zo·ic acid (părʹə-ə-mē'nō-bĕn-zō'ĭk, -ăm'ə-) n. PABA. * * *
par·a-a·mi·no·sal·i·cyl·ic acid (părʹə-ə-mē'nō-săl'ĭ-sĭl'ĭk, ăm'ə-nō-) n. Abbr. PAS A bacteriostatic agent, C7H7NO3, prescribed for the treatment of ...
/par'euh suy"meen/, n. Chem. a colorless liquid, C10H14, derived from benzene, found in various essential oils, and obtained as a by-product of papermaking. Cf. cymene. [PARA-1 + ...
/par'euh duy klawr'euh ben"zeen, -ben zeen", -klohr'-/, n. Chem. a white, crystalline, volatile, water-insoluble solid, C6H4Cl2, of the benzene series, having a penetrating odor: ...
/par'euh nuy'treuh fee"nawl, -nol/, n. See under nitrophenol (def. 2). * * *
/par'euh feuh net"i deen', -din/, n. Chem. See under phenetidine. * * *
/par'euh thawr"mohn/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of parathyroid extract. * * *
/par'euh teuh looh"i deen', -din/, n. Chem. a white, flaky, lustrous, very slightly water-soluble solid, C7H9N, the para isomer of toluidine, used in the manufacture of dyes, in ...
Paraguay. * * *
/peuh rab"euh sis/, n., pl. parabases /-seez'/. (in ancient Greek drama) a choral ode addressed to the audience, esp. of comedy, and independent of the action of the play: ...
—parabiotic /par'euh buy ot"ik, -bee-/, adj. /par'euh buy oh"sis, -bee-/, n. Biol. 1. experimental or natural union of two individuals with exchange of blood. 2. Physiol. the ...
See parabiosis. * * *
See parabiotic. * * *
—parablastic, adj. /par"euh blast'/, n. Biol. the nutritive yolk of a meroblastic ovum or egg. [1855-60; PARA-1 + -BLAST] * * *
See parablast. * * *
—parabolist /peuh rab"euh list/, n. /par"euh beuhl/, n. 1. a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. 2. a ...
/peuh rab"euh leuh/, n. Geom. a plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone with a plane parallel to a generator of the cone; the set of points in a plane ...
parabolic1 /par'euh bol"ik/, adj. 1. having the form or outline of a parabola. 2. having a longitudinal section in the form of a paraboloid or parabola: a parabolic reflector. 3. ...
parabolic equation
      any of a class of partial differential equations arising in the mathematical analysis of diffusion phenomena, as in the heating of a slab. The simplest such equation ...
See parabolic. * * *
parabolize1 —parabolization, n. —parabolizer, n. /peuh rab"euh luyz'/, v.t., parabolized, parabolizing. to tell or explain in a parable or parables. Also, esp. Brit., ...
—paraboloidal /peuh rab'euh loyd"l, par'euh beuh-/, adj. /peuh rab"euh loyd'/, n. Geom. a surface that can be put into a position such that its sections parallel to at least ...
See paraboloid. * * *
/par"euh brayk'/, n. See parachute brake. [1950-55; PARA-3 + BRAKE1] * * *
▪ fish Introduction       any member of the superorder Paracanthopterygii, a predatory, primarily marine group that forms one of about six major branches of the ...
▪ ancient South American culture       culture centred on the peninsula of the same name, located in present-day southern Peru in the vicinity of Ica, during the Early ...
Paracel Islands
Paracel Islands Introduction Paracel Islands Background: This archipelago is surrounded by productive fishing grounds and by potential oil ...
—Paracelsian, adj., n. —Paracelsianism, n. —Paracelsic, Paracelsistic, adj. —Paracelsist, n. /par'euh sel"seuhs/, n. 1. Philippus Aureolus /fi lip"euhs aw ree"oh leuhs/, ...
/par'euh sen tee"sis/, n., pl. paracenteses /-seez/. Surg. puncture of the wall of a cavity to drain off fluid. Also called tapping. [1590-1600; < L paracentesis perforation, ...
/par'as i tal"deuh huyd'/, n. Chem. paraldehyde. [PAR- + ACETALDEHYDE] * * *
—parachronistic, adj. /pa rak"reuh niz'euhm/, n. a chronological error in which a person, event, etc., is assigned a date later than the actual one. Cf. anachronism, ...
—parachutic, adj. —parachutist, parachuter, n. /par"euh shooht'/, n., v., parachuted, parachuting. n. 1. a folding, umbrellalike, fabric device with cords supporting a ...
parachute brake
a parachute opened horizontally from the tail of an airplane upon landing, used as an aid in braking. Also called parabrake. Cf. drogue parachute (def. 2). * * *
Parachute Regiment
(also infml the Paras) a section of the British army, started in 1940, which is trained in the use of parachutes. They are known for being a very strong and controlled fighting ...
parachute rigger
a person who inspects, repairs, and packs or folds parachutes. Also called rigger. * * *
parachute dome n. See melon dome. * * *
See parachutic. * * *
parachute spinnaker n. An oversize spinnaker used on racing yachts. * * *
See parachute. * * *
parachutist [par′əsho͞ot΄ist] n. a person who descends by parachute: also parachuter * * * See parachutic. * * *
/par"euh kleet'/, n. 1. an advocate or intercessor. 2. (cap.) the Holy Spirit; the Comforter. [1400-50; < ML, LL Paracletus < LGk Parákletos comforter, lit., (person) called in ...
/par'euh kok sid'ee oy'doh muy koh"sis/, n. Pathol. a chronic infection caused by the fungus Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, occurring in Mexico and in Central and South America, ...
—paracusic, /par'euh kyooh"zik, -sik/, adj. /par'euh kyooh"sis/, n. Pathol. defective hearing. Also, paracusia /par'euh kyooh"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh/. [1650-60; PAR- + Gk ...
/par'euh suy ee"sis/, n., pl. paracyeses /-seez/. Med. See ectopic pregnancy. [1815-25; PARA-1 + CYESIS] * * *
/par'euh si stuy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the connective tissue around the urinary bladder. [1875-80; PARA-1 + CYSTITIS] * * *
—paradeful, adj. —paradeless, adj. —paradelike, adj. —parader, n. —paradingly, adv. /peuh rayd"/, n., v., paraded, parading. n. 1. a large public procession, usually ...
parade armor
ornamented armor worn only for ceremonial purposes. * * *
parade bed
Hist. a royal bed from which levees were held. * * *
parade rest
Mil. 1. a position assumed by a soldier or sailor in which the feet are 12 in. (30.48 cm) apart, the hands are clasped behind the back, and the head is held motionless and facing ...
See parade. * * *
par·a·di·chlo·ro·ben·zene (păr'ə-dī-klôr'ə-bĕnʹzēn', -bĕn-zēnʹ, -klōr'-) n. A white crystalline compound, C6H4Cl2, used as a germicide and an insecticide. * * *
/par"euh did'l/, n. an exercise or sequence performed typically on the snare drum, marked by four basic beats with alternation of the right hand and left hand on successive ...
/par"euh duym', -dim/, n. 1. Gram. a. a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, esp. the set of all inflected forms based on a single stem or theme. b. a display ...
—paradigmatically, adv. /par'euh dig mat"ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a paradigm. 2. Ling. pertaining to a relationship among linguistic elements that can substitute for ...
▪ India       town and major port of east-central Orissa state, eastern India, on the Bay of Bengal (Bengal, Bay of). It is situated on the delta of the Mahanadi River ...
paradisaic [par΄ə di sā′ik] adj. PARADISIACAL: also paradisal [par΄ədīs΄əl] or paradisaical * * * See paradisiacal. * * *
—paradisaically, adv. /par'euh di say"i keuhl, -zay"-, -duy-/, adj. paradisiacal. Also, paradisaic. [1615-25; PARADISE + -aic (suffix abstracted from words like prosaic, ...
See paradisiacal. * * *
/par'euh duy"seuhl, -zeuhl/, adj. paradisiacal. [1550-60; PARADISE + -AL1] * * *
See paradisiacal. * * *
/par"euh duys', -duyz'/, n. 1. heaven, as the final abode of the righteous. 2. an intermediate place for the departed souls of the righteous awaiting resurrection. 3. (often ...
/par"euh duys', -duyz'/, n. a town in N California. 22,571. * * * ▪ religion       in religion, a place of exceptional happiness and delight. The term paradise is often ...
paradise fish
any small freshwater fish of the genus Macropodus, of southeastern Asia, often kept in aquariums. [1855-60] * * *
paradise flower
a prickly vine, Solanum wendlandii, of the nightshade family, native to Costa Rica, having branched clusters of showy lilac-blue flowers. Also called potato vine. * * *
Paradise Lost
an epic poem (1667) by John Milton. * * *
Paradise Regained
an epic poem (1671) by John Milton. * * *
Paradise Valley
a town in SW Arizona. 10,832. * * *
See paradisiacal. * * *
—paradisiacally, adv. /par'euh di suy"euh keuhl, -zuy"-/, adj. of, like, or befitting paradise. Also, paradisiac /par'euh dis"ee ak'/, paradisaical. [1640-50; < LL ...
See paradisiacal. * * *
/par"euh dok'teuhr/, n. a doctor who parachutes to patients in remote areas. [1940-45; PARA-3 + DOCTOR] * * *
/par"euh dawr'/; Sp. /pah'rddah dhawrdd"/, n., pl. paradors, Sp. paradores /-dhaw"rddes/. a government-sponsored inn in Spain, usually in a scenic or historic area, that offers ...
/par"euh dos'/, n. Fort. a bank of earth built behind a trench or military emplacement to protect soldiers from a surprise attack from the rear. [1825-35; < F; see PARA-2, ...
—paradoxical, paradoxal, adj. —paradoxically, adv. —paradoxicalness, paradoxicality, n. —paradoxology, n. /par"euh doks'/, n. 1. a statement or proposition that seems ...
paradoxes of Zeno
Arguments by which Zeno of Elea upheld the doctrine of Parmenides that real Being is unique and unchanging. Zeno's arguments were aimed at discrediting the beliefs in plurality ...
paradoxical [par΄ə däk′si kəl] adj. 1. of, having the nature of, or expressing a paradox or paradoxes 2. fond of using paradoxes 3. seemingly full of ...
paradoxical sleep
Physiol. See REM sleep. [1960-65] * * *
See paradoxical. * * *
See paradoxical. * * *
paradoxical sleep n. See REM sleep. * * *
▪ trilobite genus       genus of trilobites (an extinct group of arthropods) found as fossils in Middle Cambrian rocks of North America and western Europe (the Cambrian ...
Paradoxides Series
▪ geology       rocks deposited during the Middle Cambrian Period in western Europe and Scandinavia and in eastern North America (the Middle Cambrian Period lasted from ...
/par"euh drop'/, n., v.t., paradropped, paradropping. airdrop. [1945-50; PARA-3 + DROP] * * *
Paradzhanov, Sergey Yosifovich
▪ Armenian director original name  Sarkis Paradzhanian   born Jan. 9, 1924, Tbilisi, Georgia, U.S.S.R. died July 20, 1990, Yerevan, Armenian S.S.R.       Armenian ...
—paraesthetic /par'euhs thet"ik/, adj. /par'euhs thee"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh/, n. Pathol. paresthesia. * * *
/par"euh fin/, n. 1. a white or colorless, tasteless, odorless, water-insoluble, solid substance not easily acted upon by reagents, consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons ...
paraffin hydrocarbon
▪ chemical compound also called  >alkane        any of the saturated hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, C being a carbon atom, H a hydrogen atom, and n ...
paraffin series
Chem. See alkane series. * * *
paraffin wax
paraffin in its solid state. [1870-75] * * * ▪ chemical compound       colourless or white, somewhat translucent, hard wax consisting of a mixture of solid ...
/par"euh fin, -feen'/, n. paraffin. * * *
/par'euh fin"ik/, adj. of, noting, or characteristic of paraffin wax or a paraffin hydrocarbon. [1890-95; PARAFFIN + -IC] * * *
/par"euh fi nuyz'/, v.t., paraffinized, paraffinizing. paraffin (def. 4). Also, esp. Brit., paraffinise. [1885-90; PARAFFIN + -IZE] * * *
/par"euh fi noyd'/. adj. resembling a paraffin. [1885-90; PARAFFIN + -OID] * * *
paraffin series n. See alkane series. * * *
paraffin wax n. See paraffin. * * *
/par"euh foyl'/, n. a structure, usually made of a strong yet light fabric, having a shape similar to that of an airplane wing, and used as a kite or a parachute. [PARA-3 + ...
/par'euh fawr mal"deuh huyd', -feuhr-/, n. Chem. a white, crystalline polymer of formaldehyde, (HCOH)n, from which it is obtained by evaporation of the aqueous solution: used ...
▪ paleontology       genus of extinct fusulinid foraminiferans (single-celled animals with a hard, complexly constructed shell) found as fossils in Permian marine rocks ...
—paragenetic /par'euh jeuh net"ik/, adj. /par'euh jen"euh sis/, n. Geol. 1. the origin of minerals or mineral deposits in contact so as to affect one another's formation. 2. ...
See paragenesis. * * *
—parageusic /par'euh gyooh"zik, -sik/, adj. /par'euh gyooh"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh/, n. an abnormal or hallucinatory sense of taste. [1895-1900; < NL, equiv. to para- PARA-1 ...
/par"euh gluy'deuhr/, n. a steerable glider with inflatable wings proposed for use as an emergency vehicle for travel between a space station and the earth or for the recovery of ...
par·a·glid·ing (părʹə-glī'dĭng) n. The sport or activity of flying by means of a paraglider.   [parafoil + gliding, gerund of glide.] * * * ▪ ...
paraglyph printing
/par"euh glif/ the printing of the positive and negative of a radiograph superimposed in slight misalignment to give the effect of a relief. [ < Gk paraglýphein to counterfeit. ...
—paragogic /par'euh goj"ik/, paragogical, adj. —paragogically, adv. /par'euh goh"jee/, n. the addition of a sound or group of sounds at the end of a word, as in the ...
—paragonless, adj. /par"euh gon', -geuhn/, n. 1. a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence. 2. Print. a 20-point type. 3. an unusually large, round ...
▪ pathology       infection caused by Paragonimus westermani, or lung fluke, a parasitic worm some 8 to 12 mm (0.3 to 0.5 inch) long. It is common in Japan, Korea, ...
/peuh rag"euh nuyt'/, n. Mineral. a mica, similar in composition and appearance to muscovite but containing sodium instead of potassium. [1840-50; < Gk parágon misleading, ...
/par"euh goohld'/, n. a city in NE Arkansas. 15,214. * * *
—paragraphism, n. —paragraphistical /par'euh greuh fis"ti keuhl/, adj. /par"euh graf', -grahf'/, n. 1. a distinct portion of written or printed matter dealing with a ...
paragraph mark
the character , used in editing and printing to indicate the beginning of a new paragraph; pilcrow. Also called paragraph sign. [1850-55] * * *
/par"euh graf'euhr, -grah'feuhr/, n. a person who writes very short pieces or fillers for a newspaper. Also, esp. Brit., paragraphist. [1815-25; PARAGRAPH1 + -ER1] * * *
/par'euh graf"ee euh/, n. Psychiatry. a disorder marked by the writing of words or letters other than those intended, or the loss of the ability to express ideas in writing, ...
—paragraphically, adv. /par'euh graf"ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or forming a paragraph. 2. divided into paragraphs. Also, paragraphical. [1780-90; PARAGRAPH + -IC] * * *
See paragraphic. * * *
Paraguaçu River
▪ river, Brazil Portuguese  Rio Paraguaçu,         river, in central and eastern Bahia estado (“state”), eastern Brazil. It rises in the Diamantina Upland and ...
Paraguaná Peninsula
Peninsula, northwestern Venezuela. Situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Venezuela, it has a low elevation, infertile soil, and a sparse population. It became ...
▪ Paraguay       town, central Paraguay. It lies on the southern slopes of the forested extension of the Brazilian Highlands, including the Cordillera de los Altos, a ...
—Paraguayan, adj., n. /par"euh gwuy', -gway'/; Sp. /pah'rddah gwuy"/, n. 1. a republic in central South America between Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina. 5,651,634; 157,047 sq. ...
Paraguay River
River, South America. The fifth largest river in South America, it is 1,584 mi (2,550 km) long and the principal tributary of the Paraná River. Rising in the Mato Grosso region ...
Paraguay tea
maté. [1720-30] * * *
Paraguay, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped red-white-blue national flag. It is distinctive among national flags in having a central coat of arms (arms, coat of) on the ...
See Paraguay. * * *
Paraguay River A river rising in southwest Brazil and flowing about 2,574 km (1,600 mi) southward to the Paraná River in southwest Paraguay. Part of its course forms the border ...
Paraguay tea n. See maté. * * *
/par'euh huy"dreuh jeuhn/, n. Physics, Chem. the form of molecular hydrogen in which the nuclei of the two hydrogen atoms contained in the molecule have spins in opposite ...
/par'euh ee"beuh/; Port. /pah'rddah ee"bah/, n. a state in E Brazil. 2,810,003; 21,760 sq. mi. (56,360 sq. km). Cap.: João Pessoa. * * * ▪ state, Brazil also called ...
Paraíba do Sul River
River, eastern Brazil. It is formed by the confluence of the Parahitinga and Paraibuna rivers east of São Paulo; it flows northeast and forms part of the border between Minas ...

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