- (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
Examples from the Web for 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|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In parallel, they are building new kilns to produce traditional tiles and bricks.
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|Jamie Todd Rubin|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two parallel fences tipped with barbed wire formed a narrow corridor into the gymnasium.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics|Michael Wolraich|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This parallel tension was on vivid display when Thomas Muller scored for Germany in the 55th minute, putting his team ahead, 1-0.
The path was now running along the side of the cliff, parallel to the sea.The Secret Adversary|Agatha Christie
All the paths are at right angles or parallel to each other, and the garden generally is laid out with monotonous regularity.A Visit to Java|W. Basil Worsfold
The threads of the warp extend in parallel order from the warp-beam to the front of the loom, and are attached to the cloth-roll.Textiles|William H. Dooley
Very few kangaroos were seen, none indeed beyond the parallel of 28 degrees.Expedition into Central Australia|Charles Sturt
A simple graphical construction is indicated in fig. 19, where the dotted lines are parallel.
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)