- (of straight lines) lying in the same plane but never meeting no matter how far extended.
- (of planes) having common perpendiculars.
- (of a single line, plane, etc.) equidistant from another or others (usually followed by to or with).
- (of two voice parts) progressing so that the interval between them remains the same.
- (of a tonality or key) having the same tonic but differing in mode.
- of or relating to the apparent or actual performance of more than one operation at a time, by the same or different devices (distinguished from serial): Some computer systems join more than one CPU for parallel processing.
- of or relating to the simultaneous transmission or processing of all the parts of a whole, as all the bits of a byte or all the bytes of a computer word (distinguished from serial).
- an imaginary circle on the earth's surface formed by the intersection of a plane parallel to the plane of the equator, bearing east and west and designated in degrees of latitude north or south of the equator along the arc of any meridian.
- the line representing this circle on a chart or map.
verb (used with object), par·al·leled, par·al·lel·ing or (especially British) par·al·lelled, par·al·lel·ling.
Origin of parallel
Synonyms for parallel
Antonyms for parallel
Related Words for parallelidentical, analogous, comparable, complementary, comparison, corollary, resemblance, analogy, similarity, imitate, complement, correspond, correlate, coordinate, lateral, agnate, correspondent, corresponding, like, equal
Examples from the Web for parallel
Contemporary Examples of parallel
A professional ballroom dancer and instructor, her name reflects a parallel that runs in both BDSM and dance: symbiosis.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
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In parallel, they are building new kilns to produce traditional tiles and bricks.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
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For nationalists who hate gay people, perhaps the parallel should be “When Russia scratches, the world gets scabies.”Kazhakstan Crazies Want Gay DNA Tests
September 15, 2014
Daily activity is rendered in parallel horizontal timelines, making it very easy to compare one day's activity to the next.The Best Quantified Self Site You Haven’t Heard Of
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August 5, 2014
Two parallel fences tipped with barbed wire formed a narrow corridor into the gymnasium.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
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Historical Examples of parallel
Our present financial condition is without a parallel in history.
In all history there is no parallel case, and no official record such as his.
There is no parallel in history to the humiliation they have patiently borne.
Surely, so far, the things for which both he and I were chosen were parallel.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
He will not only be a Prince now, but a master "without a parallel" in the liberal arts.The Man Shakespeare
adjective (when postpositive, usually foll by to)
- Also: consecutive(of two or more parts or melodies) moving in similar motion but keeping the same interval apart throughoutparallel fifths
- denoting successive chords in which the individual notes move in parallel motion
- a configuration of two or more electrical components connected between two points in a circuit so that the same voltage is applied to each (esp in the phrase in parallel)
- (as modifier)a parallel circuit See series (def. 6)
verb -lels, -leling or -leled (tr)
Word Origin for parallel
1540s, from Middle French parallèle (16c.) and directly from Latin parallelus, from Greek parallelos "parallel," from para allelois "beside one another," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + allelois "each other," from allos "other" (see alias). As a noun from 1550s. Parallel bars as gymnastics apparatus are recorded from 1868.
1590s, from parallel (n.).