Parallel definition

părə-lĕl
Being an equal distance apart everywhere.

Dancers in two parallel rows.

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To compare (things, ideas, etc.) in order to show similarity or likeness.
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Any person or thing essentially the same as, or closely corresponding to, another; counterpart.
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Any comparison showing the existence of similarity or likeness.
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Of or relating to lines or surfaces that are separated everywhere from each other by the same distance.
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To be parallel with; extend parallel to.

A road that parallels the river.

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In a parallel manner.
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Any of the imaginary lines encircling the Earth's surface parallel to the plane of the equator, used to represent degrees of latitude.
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To be or provide an equal for; match.
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(printing) A sign indicating material referred to in a note or reference.
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Something parallel to something else, as a line or surface.
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To be or extend parallel to.

A trail that parallels the crater rim.

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To be similar or analogous to.

Claimed that fetal development parallels the evolution of the species.

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To show to be analogous; compare or liken.

Critics who have paralleled the novel's plot to an ancient myth.

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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.
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Having parallel parts or movements, as some machines, tools, etc.
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The condition of being parallel; conformity in essential points.
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A sign (∥) used in printing as a reference mark.
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Equally distant from one another at all points.

The horizontal lines on my notebook paper are parallel.

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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.

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(hyperbolic geometry) Said of a pair of lines: that they either do not intersect or they coincide.
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(computing) Involving the processing of multiple tasks at the same time.

A parallel algorithm.

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With a parallel relationship.

The road runs parallel with the canal.

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One of a set of parallel lines.
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Direction conformable to that of another line.
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(electronics) Denoting a circuit or part of a circuit connected in parallel.
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Of, relating to, or designating two or more straight coplanar lines that do not intersect.
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Of, relating to, or designating two or more planes that do not intersect.
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Of, relating to, or designating a line and a plane that do not intersect.
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Of, relating to, or designating curves or surfaces everywhere equidistant.
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Having comparable parts, analogous aspects, or readily recognized similarities.

The parallel lives of two contemporaries.

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Having the same tendency or direction.

Parallel motives and aims.

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Moving in the same direction at a fixed interval.

Parallel motion; parallel fifths.

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Having the same tonic. Used of scales and keys.

C minor is the parallel minor scale of C major.

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Of or relating to the simultaneous transmission of all the bits of a byte over separate wires.

A parallel port; a parallel interface.

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Of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations.

Parallel processing.

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(electronics) An arrangement of components in a circuit that splits the current into two or more paths. Used chiefly in the phrase in parallel.
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One that closely resembles or is analogous to another.

A unique event, without parallel in history.

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A comparison indicating likeness; an analogy.
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(elec.) Designating or of a circuit in parallel.
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(music) Having consistently equal intervals in pitch, as two parts of harmony, a series of chords, etc.
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Closely similar or corresponding, as in purpose, tendency, time, or essential parts.
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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.

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Of or for the transmission of data, by means of several channels, a byte or more at a time.

A parallel port.

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Having to do with the performing of multiple operations simultaneously.

Parallel processing.

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(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.
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Any of the imaginary lines parallel to the equator and representing degrees of latitude on the earth's surface.
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Such a line drawn on a map or globe.
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To be or find a counterpart for; match; equal.
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To make (one thing) parallel to another.
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To make parallel to each other.
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In a parallel relationship or manner.

A road and a railway that run parallel.

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Any of the imaginary lines representing degrees of latitude that encircle the earth parallel to the plane of the equator.
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To make or place parallel to something else.

Paralleled the ditch to the highway.

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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.

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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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(grammar) Having identical or equivalent syntactic constructions in corresponding clauses or phrases.
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A line of latitude.

The 31st parallel passes through the center of my town.

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An arrangement of electrical components such that a current flows along two or more paths; see in parallel.
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Something identical or similar in essential respects.
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A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity.

Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope.

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(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.
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(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.
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To construct or place something parallel to something else.
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Of a path etc: To be parallel to something else.
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Of a process etc: To be analogous to something else.
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To compare or liken something to something else.
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To make to conform to something else in character, motive, aim, etc.
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To equal; to match; to correspond to.

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To produce or adduce as a parallel.

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The condition of being parallel; near similarity or exact agreement in particulars; parallelism.
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(mathematics) One of a set of parallel geometric figures, such as lines or planes.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
parallel
Plural:
parallels

Origin of parallel

  • Latin parallēlus from Greek parallēlos para- beside para–1 allēlōn of one another (from allos other al-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek παράλληλος (parallēlos), from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

    From Wiktionary