- The definition of parallel is extending in the same direction and at the same distance apart.
An example of parallel is the opposite lines of a rectangle.
- Parallel is something similar to something else.
An example of parallel is a short story that relates to the reader's own life.
These yellow lines in the road are parallel to each other.
- extending in the same direction and at the same distance apart at every point, so as never to meet, as lines, planes, etc.
- having parallel parts or movements, as some machines, tools, etc.
- closely similar or corresponding, as in purpose, tendency, time, or essential parts
- characterized by a balanced or coordinated arrangement of syntactic elements, esp. of phrases or clauses: “I came, I saw, I conquered” is an example of parallel structure
- of or for the transmission of data, by means of several wires, a byte or more at a time: a parallel port
- having to do with the performing of multiple operations simultaneously: parallel processing
- Elec. designating or of a circuit in parallel
- Music having consistently equal intervals in pitch, as two parts of harmony, a series of chords, etc.
Origin of parallelFrench parallèle ; from Classical Latin parallelus ; from Classical Greek parallēlos ; from para-, side by side (see para-) + allēlos, one another ; from allos, other: see else
- something parallel to something else, as a line or surface
- any person or thing essentially the same as, or closely corresponding to, another; counterpart
- the condition of being parallel; conformity in essential points
- any comparison showing the existence of similarity or likeness
- in full parallel of latitude
- any of the imaginary lines parallel to the equator and representing degrees of latitude on the earth's surface
- such a line drawn on a map or globe
- a sign (∥) used in printing as a reference mark
- Elec. an arrangement of devices in a circuit, in which two or more components have their negative terminals joined to one conductor and their positive to another, so that an identical potential difference is applied to each component: usually in the phrase
transitive verbparalleled or parallelled, paralleling or parallelling
- to make (one thing) parallel to another
- to make parallel to each other
- to be parallel with; extend parallel to: a road that parallels the river
- to compare (things, ideas, etc.) in order to show similarity or likeness
- to be or find a counterpart for; match; equal
- Being an equal distance apart everywhere: dancers in two parallel rows. See Usage Note at absolute.
- Mathematics a. Of, relating to, or designating two or more straight coplanar lines that do not intersect.b. Of, relating to, or designating two or more planes that do not intersect.c. Of, relating to, or designating a line and a plane that do not intersect.d. Of, relating to, or designating curves or surfaces everywhere equidistant.
- a. Having comparable parts, analogous aspects, or readily recognized similarities: the parallel lives of two contemporaries.b. Having the same tendency or direction: parallel motives and aims.
- Grammar Having identical or equivalent syntactic constructions in corresponding clauses or phrases.
- Music a. Moving in the same direction at a fixed interval: parallel motion; parallel fifths.b. Having the same tonic. Used of scales and keys: C minor is the parallel minor scale of C major.
- Electronics Denoting a circuit or part of a circuit connected in parallel.
- Computers a. Of or relating to the simultaneous transmission of all the bits of a byte over separate wires: a parallel port; a parallel interface.b. Of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations: parallel processing.
- Mathematics One of a set of parallel geometric figures, such as lines or planes.
- a. One that closely resembles or is analogous to another: a unique event, without parallel in history.b. A comparison indicating likeness; an analogy.
- The condition of being parallel; near similarity or exact agreement in particulars; parallelism.
- Any of the imaginary lines representing degrees of latitude that encircle the earth parallel to the plane of the equator.
- Printing A sign indicating material referred to in a note or reference.
- Electronics An arrangement of components in a circuit that splits the current into two or more paths. Used chiefly in the phrase in parallel.
transitive verbpar·al·leled, par·al·lel·ing, par·al·lels also par·al·lelled or par·al·lel·ling
- To make or place parallel to something else: paralleled the ditch to the highway.
- To be or extend parallel to: a trail that parallels the crater rim.
- To be similar or analogous to: claimed that fetal development parallels the evolution of the species.
- To be or provide an equal for; match.
- To show to be analogous; compare or liken: critics who have paralleled the novel's plot to an ancient myth.
Origin of parallelLatin parallēlus, from Greek parallēlos : para-, beside; see para–1 + allēlōn, of one another (from allos, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots).
- Equally distant from one another at all points.
- The horizontal lines on my notebook paper are parallel.
- Having the same overall direction; the comparison is indicated with "to".
- The railway line runs parallel to the road.
- The two railway lines are parallel.
- (hyperbolic geometry) said of a pair of lines: that they either do not intersect or they coincide
- (computing) Involving the processing of multiple tasks at the same time
- a parallel algorithm
(comparative more parallel, superlative most parallel)
- With a parallel relationship.
- The road runs parallel with the canal.
- One of a set of parallel lines.
- Direction conformable to that of another line.
- A line of latitude.
- The 31st parallel passes through the center of my town.
- An arrangement of electrical components such that a current flows along two or more paths; see in parallel.
- Something identical or similar in essential respects.
- A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity.
- Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope
- (military) One of a series of long trenches constructed before a besieged fortress, by the besieging force, as a cover for troops supporting the attacking batteries. They are roughly parallel to the line of outer defenses of the fortress.
- (printing) A character consisting of two parallel vertical lines, used in the text to direct attention to a similarly marked note in the margin or at the foot of a page.
(third-person singular simple present parallels, present participle paralleling or parallelling (British only), simple past and past participle paralleled or parallelled (British only))
- To construct or place something parallel to something else.
- Of a path etc: To be parallel to something else.
- Of a process etc: To be analogous to something else.
- To compare or liken something to something else.
- To make to conform to something else in character, motive, aim, etc.
- To equal; to match; to correspond to.
- To produce or adduce as a parallel.
From Ancient Greek παράλληλος (parallēlos), from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other