extending in the same direction, equidistant at all points, and never converging or diverging: Parallel rows of trees lined two ends of the parking lot.
having the same direction, course, nature, or tendency; corresponding; similar; analogous: Canada and the United States have many parallel economic interests.
(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).
Electricity. consisting of or having component parts connected in such a way that all positive terminals are connected to one point and all negative terminals are connected to a second point, the same voltage being applied to each component: a parallel circuit.
(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: A major and A minor are parallel keys.
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).
Grammar. consisting of matched syntactic elements in corresponding positions: In the sentence “I have three cats and two dogs,” “three cats” and “two dogs” are in parallel structure.
a parallel line or plane.
anything parallel or comparable to something else in direction, course, nature, or tendency.
Also called parallel of latitude. Geography.
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.
something identical or similar in essential respects; match; counterpart: It's a struggle to diagnose a case history without a known parallel.
correspondence or analogy: These two cases have some parallel with each other.
a comparison of things as if regarded side by side.
Electricity. an arrangement of the components, such as resistors, of a circuit in such a way that all positive terminals are connected to one point and all negative terminals are connected to a second point, the same voltage being applied to each component.: Compare series (def. 9).
Fortification. a trench cut in the ground before a fortress, parallel to its defenses, for the purpose of covering a besieging force.
Printing. a pair of vertical parallel lines (‖) used as a mark for reference.
Theater. a trestle for supporting a platform (parallel top ).
to provide or show a parallel for; match.
to go or be in a parallel course, direction, etc., to: The road parallels the river.
to form a parallel to; be equivalent to; equal.
to show the identity or similarity of; compare.
to make parallel.
Idioms about parallel
at the same time or in conjunction: When you are at school, your growth and change is taking place in parallel with fellow students who are also growing and changing.
Electricity. (of the components of a circuit) arranged in such a way that all positive terminals are connected to one point and all negative terminals are connected to a second point, the same voltage being applied to each component.
- par·al·lel·a·ble, adjective
- par·al·lel·less, adjective
- par·al·lel·ly, adverb
- non·par·al·lel, adjective, noun
- sub·par·al·lel, adjective
- un·par·al·lel, adjective
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How to use parallel in a sentence
He said this was true despite AstraZeneca’s producing hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine in parallel with the ongoing late-stage clinical trials.COVID-19 vaccine still on track for later this year despite trial pause, AstraZeneca CEO says | Jeremy Kahn | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
AstraZeneca, the firm partnering Oxford to develop the vaccine, is overseeing a scaling up of manufacturing in parallel with clinical testing so that hundreds of millions of doses can be available if the vaccine is shown to be safe and effective.Oxford Scientists: These Are Final Steps We’re Taking to Get Our Coronavirus Vaccine Approved | Rebecca Ashfield | September 9, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Running parallel to this state spending spree is a full-bodied embrace of digital finance by citizens.
Nord Stream 2, running mostly in parallel to the existing Nord Stream system, would double its annual capacity to 110 billion cubic meters.Trump has long wanted to kill a Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline. Navalny’s poisoning could do it for him | David Meyer | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
She shows the parallels between the challenges each encountered, and the similar character traits and values it took each President to overcome them.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in finance | Rachel King | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
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 | Ian Frisch | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
More likely he drove parallel to the border on the Syrian side before detonating the explosives.
In parallel, they are building new kilns to produce traditional tiles and bricks.
For nationalists who hate gay people, perhaps the parallel should be “When Russia scratches, the world gets scabies.”
It was special also because it was happening parallel to my real life, having just gotten married myself.Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Personal Stories Behind His 'Modern Family' Marriage Arc | Jesse Tyler Ferguson | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In this Isthmus is port royal, where we are now sojourning, lying on the parallel of 44 40'.
We'll keep parallel with these gentlemen, and if they get out of touch with the rest we'll make a try at nailing them.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Confessing here is manifestly parallel to the offering of the sacrifice of praise.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
The parallel to which Mr. Ward refers is that contained in the earlier part of the Prose Lancelot.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
When the Penns colonized Pennsylvania, they claimed the 39th degree parallel as their southern boundary.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
British Dictionary definitions for parallel
separated by an equal distance at every point; never touching or intersecting: parallel walls
corresponding; similar: parallel situations
Also: consecutive (of two or more parts or melodies) moving in similar motion but keeping the same interval apart throughout: parallel fifths
denoting successive chords in which the individual notes move in parallel motion
grammar denoting syntactic constructions in which the constituents of one construction correspond to those of the other
computing operating on several items of information, instructions, etc, simultaneously: Compare serial (def. 6)
maths one of a set of parallel lines, planes, etc
an exact likeness
Also called: parallel of latitude any of the imaginary lines around the earth parallel to the equator, designated by degrees of latitude ranging from 0° at the equator to 90° at the poles
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)
printing the character (∥) used as a reference mark
a trench or line lying in advance of and parallel to other defensive positions
to make parallel
to supply a parallel to
to be a parallel to or correspond with: your experience parallels mine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for parallel
Of or relating to lines or surfaces that are separated everywhere from each other by the same distance.
Any of the imaginary lines encircling the Earth's surface parallel to the plane of the equator, used to represent degrees of latitude. See illustration at longitude.
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