3. (Print.) The matter contained within brackets.

4. (Eccl.) A commendatory prayer. Shipley.

(Par`a*thet"ic) a. Of or pertaining to parathesis.

(||Pa`ra`ton`nerre") n. [F., fr. parer to parry + tonnerre thunderbolt.] A conductor of lightning; a lightning rod.

(Par*aun"ter) adv. [Par + aunter.] Peradventure. See Paraventure. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(||Pa*rauque") n. (Zoöl.) A bird (Nyctidromus albicollis) ranging from Texas to South America. It is allied to the night hawk and goatsucker.

(Par`a*vail") a. [OF. par aval below; par through (L. per) + aval down; a- (L. ad) + val (L. vallis) a valley. Cf. Paramount.] (Eng. Law) At the bottom; lowest. Cowell.

In feudal law, the tenant paravail is the lowest tenant of the fee, or he who is immediate tenant to one who holds over of another. Wharton.

(Par"a*vant` Par"a*vant`) adv. [OF. par avant. See Par, and lst Avaunt.]

1. In front; publicly. [Obs.] Spenser.

2. Beforehand; first. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Par`a*ven"ture) adv. [Par + aventure.] Peradventure; perchance. [Obs.] Chaucer.

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