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1. A distinct division of written or printed matter that begins on a new, usually indented line, consists of one or more sentences, and typically deals with a single thought or topic or quotes one speaker's continuous words.
2. A mark ( ¶ ) used to indicate where a new paragraph should begin or to serve as a reference mark.
3. A brief article, notice, or announcement, as in a newspaper.
tr.v. par·a·graphed, par·a·graph·ing, par·a·graphs
To divide or arrange into paragraphs.

[Middle English paragraf, from Old French paragrafe, from Medieval Latin paragraphus, from Greek paragraphos, line showing a break in sense or a change of speakers in a dialogue, from paragraphein, to write beside : para-, beside; see para-1 + graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.]

par′a·graph′ic, par′a·graph′i·cal adj.
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Interlaced throughout his musings are anxieties and thoughts that rattle along in long paragraphic chunks, and just when we think we can't take much more of these paranoid cogitations, Weiner hits us out of the blue with a plainly worded, spot-on insight: "We always drive like a runaway train into what we dread--through the barrier of premonition."
The four paragraphic sections of "Scherzo" are read outward from their center, the empty space between Ophelia's "Do you want to eat my heart, Hamlet?" (55) and Hamlet's "I want to be a woman" (55).
"Arabic sometimes is very evasive due to the obscure style of some writers who are fond of what I would term as paragraphic - long sentences making one whole paragraph.