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para-

(word root) close, beside
Examples of words with the root para-: parallel, paradox, parapsychology

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.para - 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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Traveling on rutted mud roads to take water samples from streams across Brazil's Para state, Leal realized that the informal 'bridges' of this locally built transportation network must be impacting Amazonian waterways.
Police on Thursday arrested three people for burning more than 5,000 hectares (12,350 acres) in a conservation area in Para state.
Smoke rises from a rainforest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug.
REDUCED TO ASHES: Trees left destroyed by a fire in the Alvorada da Amazonia region in Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on Sunday
Fighting broke out in the Altamira Regional Recovery Center around 7 am local time when the members of one gang invaded an area occupied by a rival group, an official from the Para state government's penitentiary department stated.
"The Para state government said in a statement that members of the Commando Class set a fire in a cell, targeting members of the Comando Vermelho.Read Also:Brazil to Support Morocco's Efforts to Build its Own Military IndustryChief of the prison Jarbas Vasconcelos described the attack as targeted.
Para state prison authorities said 16 of the dead were beheaded and the other were asphyxiated in the riot at the prison in northern Brazil.
Para state prison authorities said 16 of the victims were decapitated while others were asphyxiated.
It took five hours for prison officials to quell the riot in the Para state jail.
Caption: A woman is seen in Santarem, a city alongside the Amazon River in Brazil's northern Para state.
(2010) were captured using a Malaise trap (one specimen) and yellow Moerick traps (two specimens), and those of Santos and Noll were collected using a Malaise trap (two specimens, one in Para State and Sao Paulo State) and a Moerick trap (one specimen, Sao Paulo State) and did not specify the color of the traps.
The armed group, whose members were wearing masks to cover their faces, arrived in cars and a motorbike before shooting dead six women and five men in the bar in a poor, violent neighborhood in the capital of Para state, said G1 news website.