- (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.
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Example sentences from the Web for parallel
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|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|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
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)