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PARAGRAPH

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 756 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PARAGRAPH, a term for a section or division of written or printed matter, which, as beginning a new subject, marking a break in the subject, &c., is signified by beginning the section on a new line set back or indented; also by the symbol, now 1, a reversed P, formerly Q or I, to mark such a division. The Gr. aapaypat/xbs (7rapa and ypa4ew, to write alongside or beside) was used of the short horizontal line or stroke which marked a line in a MS. where such a division occurs; and lrapaypacb i of a marginal note, also the division so marked. The word " paragraph," besides these technical typographical meanings, is also applied to the separate numbered sections in an affidavit or other legal document, or in a statute, &c., and in journalism to a short item of news or brief notice of events.
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