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parallel

[ par-uh-lel, -luhl ]
/ ˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləl /
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adjective
noun
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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Origin of parallel

1540–50; <Latin parallēlus<Greek parállēlos side by side, equivalent to par-par- + állēlos one another; see allo-, else

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British Dictionary definitions for parallel

parallel
/ (ˈpærəˌlɛl) /

adjective (when postpositive, usually foll by to)
noun
verb -lels, -leling or -leled (tr)

Word Origin for parallel

C16: via French and Latin from Greek parallēlos alongside one another, from para- 1 + allēlos one another
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Scientific definitions for parallel

parallel
[ părə-lĕl′ ]

Adjective
Of or relating to lines or surfaces that are separated everywhere from each other by the same distance.
Noun
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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