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parachute a large device made of strong, thin cloth that opens up like an umbrella. A parachute slows the fall of a person who jumps from an airplane. It can also be used in the same way for something that is dropped from an airplane. [3 definitions]
parade a public procession of people, marching bands, or vehicles in front of spectators as part of a celebration or ceremony. [3 definitions]
paradise (sometimes capitalized) a place where good people go after death; heaven. [2 definitions]
paraffin a white substance like wax that is made from petroleum. It is used for candles, sealing materials, and waxed paper. [2 definitions]
paragraph a part of something written made up of one or more sentences that develop a certain idea. A paragraph begins on a new line which is usually indented from the other lines.
Paraguay a country in central South America. Asunción is the capital of Paraguay.
Paraguay River a large river in South America that begins in southwestern Brazil, flows through Paraguay and along its border with Argentina. Finally, it joins the Paraná River at the southwestern tip of Paraguay.
parakeet a small parrot with a long, pointed tail and brightly colored feathers.
parallel lying or moving in the same direction and being the same distance apart at every point. Parallel lines never meet or cross each other. [5 definitions]
parallelogram a flat closed figure with four straight sides. The opposite sides are parallel and equal to each other.
paralyse a spelling of "paralyze" used in Canada and Britain. See "paralyze" for more information.
paralysis a loss of feeling in or the ability to move a body part. Paralysis is caused by injury or disease of the nervous system.
paralyze to make unable to move or to feel any sensation. [2 definitions]
paralyzed unable to move or unable to feel any sensation.
paramecium a living thing made of one cell that lives in fresh water. Paramecia can only be seen through a microscope. Paramecia are protozoans, tiny organisms that are similar to animals.
paramount most important; chief; highest.
Paraná River a major river in South America that starts in Brazil and flows mostly south. The Paraná River eventually joins a river called the Uruguay and empties into the Atlantic Ocean at the border between the countries of Argentina and Uruguay.
parasite a plant, animal, or fungus that lives on or in another living thing, called the host. A parasite gets its food and energy from the host organism.
parasol a light umbrella used especially by women to protect against the sun.
paratrooper a soldier trained to parachute from an airplane into an area where there is fighting.
parcel something wrapped or packed for carrying or shipping; package. [3 definitions]