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Pa·rá

 (pə-rä′)
See Belém.

para

(ˈpɑːrə)
n, pl -ras or -ra
(Currencies) a monetary unit of Serbia worth one hundredth of a dinar; formerly a monetary unit of Yugoslavia
[C17: Serbo-Croat, via Turkish from Persian pārah piece, portion]

para

(ˈpærə)
n
1. (Military)
a. a soldier in an airborne unit
b. an airborne unit
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a paragraph

para

(ˈpɑːrɑː)
n, pl para or parae
(Plants) a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy fronds. Also called: horseshoe fern or king fern
[Māori]

Pará

(Portuguese paˈra)
n
1. (Placename) 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. (Placename) another name for Belém
3. (Placename) an estuary in N Brazil into which flow the Tocantins River and a branch of the Amazon. Length: about 320 km (200 miles)

pa•ra1

(pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ)

n., pl. -ras, -ra.
a monetary unit of Yugoslavia, equal to 1/100 of a dinar.
[1680–90; < Turkish < Persian pāra literally, piece]

par•a3

(ˈpær ə)

adj.
pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 4) in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms. Abbr.: p- Compare ortho, meta.

par•a4

(ˈpær ə)

n., pl. par•as. Informal.
1. paraprofessional.
2. paratrooper.

par•a5

(ˈpær ə)

n., pl. par•as, par•ae (ˈpær i)
1. Also called parity. a woman's status regarding the bearing of offspring: usu. followed by a numeral designating the number of times the woman has given birth.
2. the woman herself. Compare gravida.
[1880–85; extracted from primipara, multipara, etc.]

Pa•rá

(pəˈrɑ)

n.
1. a state in N Brazil. 5,522,783; 481,869 sq. mi. (1,248,042 sq. km). Cap.: Belém.
2. a river in N Brazil: the S estuary of the Amazon. 200 mi. (320 km) long.

para-1

,
1. a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, with the meanings “at or to one side of, beside, side by side” (parabola; paragraph), “beyond, past, by” (paradox); by extension designating objects or activities auxiliary to or derivative of that denoted by the base word (parody; paronomasia), and hence abnormal or defective (paranoia). As an English prefix, para-1 is also productive in the naming of occupational roles considered ancillary or subsidiary to roles requiring more training, or of a higher status: paralegal; paraprofessional.
2. a combining form used in the names of benzene derivatives in which the substituting group occupies the para position in the benzene ring. Abbr.: p-
Also, esp. before a vowel, par-.
[< Greek para-, comb. form representing pará (preposition) beside, alongside of, by, beyond]

para-2

,
a combining form meaning “guard against”: parachute; parasol.
[< French < Italian para, 3d singular present of parare to prepare against, ward off < Latin parāre to prepare]

para-3

,
a combining form extracted from parachute, forming compounds denoting persons or things utilizing parachutes or landed by parachute: paratrooper.

Para.

Paraguay.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.para - (obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered; "the parity of the mother must be considered"; "a bipara is a woman who has given birth to two children"
midwifery, obstetrics, tocology, OB - the branch of medicine dealing with childbirth and care of the mother
maternity, pregnancy, gestation - the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
2.para - 100 para equal 1 dinar in Yugoslavia
Yugoslavian monetary unit - monetary unit in Yugoslavia
Yugoslavian dinar, dinar - the basic unit of money in Yugoslavia
3.Pará - a soldier in the paratroopspara - a soldier in the paratroops    
paratroops - infantry trained and equipped to parachute
soldier - an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army; "the soldiers stood at attention"
4.Para - an estuary in northern Brazil into which the Tocantins River flows
Brasil, Brazil, Federative Republic of Brazil - the largest Latin American country and the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world; located in the central and northeastern part of South America; world's leading coffee exporter
5.Para - port city in northern Brazil in the Amazon delta; main port and commercial center for the Amazon River basin
Brasil, Brazil, Federative Republic of Brazil - the largest Latin American country and the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world; located in the central and northeastern part of South America; world's leading coffee exporter
Translations

para

ABBR =paragraphpárr.

para

[ˈpærə] n (British) (= soldier) → para m
the paras → les paras

para

[ˈpærə] n (fam) → parà m inv
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Para state police are investigating the collapse of the silo, which had the capacity to hold 500 tons of cement.
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Delivery of the vehicles took place in Belem, the capital of Para state.
The loan would aid the Rio de Janeiro-based giant miner to develop its railway network and construct a new mining and processing unit in Para state, with annual capacity of 90 million metric tons.
The loan will help finance Rio de Janeiro-based Vale's railway network in Para state and a new processing unit with annual capacity of 90 million metric tons, the development bank said yesterday.
A distance of approximately 50 km separated the traps in Caracuru, Pacanari and Ponte Maria in Almerim municipality, Para State and in Felipe, Laranjal do Jari municipality, Amapa State in the Amazonian region of Brazil.
One of those isolates, BAV, was obtained in 1963 from the blood of a rodent in Para State in the Amazon region of Brazil that belonged to the genus Oryzomys (6,7).
One of its greatest advocates Esai Maeda (known as the god father of Jiu-Jitsu) went to live in Para state, Belem City in Brazil in the 1900s, where he taught the martial art to a local man, Carlos Gracie, and his four sons.
The facility in the Para state in northern Brazil will cost about EUR 11 billion (USD 14.
The plane, a single engine Cessna 210L model on its way from Chaves, Marajo Island to Belem in Para state, crashed onto an avenue in the middle of the city when it was preparing to land in Belem's Brigadeiro Protasio airport.
Maria de Nazare gave birth to the conjoined twins by C-section at a hospital in Anajas, in Brazil's northern Para state.
TSX VENTURE: BSX) announces that AMEC Minproc Engenharia e Consultoria Limitada, AMEC's mining and metals business based in Brazil, has been selected to conduct the Bankable Feasibility Study for its Volta Grande Gold Project in Para State, Brazil.