- 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.
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- 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: Fr parallèle from Classical Latin parallelus from Glassical Greek parallēlos from para-, side by side (see para-) plush 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
- 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
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- 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.
- Computer Science 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.
- 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: Latin parallēlus, from Greek parallēlos : para-, beside; see para-1 + allēlōn, of one another (from allos, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots).
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