One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Beside; adjacent to.‘parataxis’‘parathyroid’
- 1.1 Beyond or distinct from, but analogous to.‘paramilitary’‘paratyphoid’
- 1.1 Beyond or distinct from, but analogous to.
Denoting substitution at diametrically opposite carbon atoms in a benzene ring, e.g. in 1,4 positions.‘paradichlorobenzene’Compare with meta- and ortho-
From Greek para ‘beside’; in combinations often meaning ‘amiss, irregular’ and denoting alteration or modification.
Denoting something that protects or wards off.‘parachute’‘parasol’
From French, from the Italian imperative singular of parare ‘defend, shield’ (originally meaning ‘prepare’, from Latin parare).
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