- (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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Examples from the Web for paralleled
Contemporary Examples of paralleled
It paralleled a much happier time when he carried her around after she twisted her ankle, back in Season 4.Exit Interview: The Walking Dead's Beth Tells All
December 1, 2014
Certainly, it paralleled the brutal end that the Red Viper found despite his nearly flawless pursuit of personal justice.The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat
June 3, 2014
Its experience and current difficulties are paralleled by those of intentional societies around the world.The Kibbutz Movement’s Lessons For Communal Living Today
May 7, 2013
The rise of equipment purchases has paralleled an apparent increase in local SWAT teams, but reliable numbers are hard to come by.Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
Andrew Becker, G. W. Schulz
December 21, 2011
Now we paralleled the river, beyond whose far edge grew many slender-trunked nara trees; apparently they were Japanese oaks.Japan's Nuclear Ghost Towns
William T. Vollmann
May 2, 2011
Historical Examples of paralleled
And nobody, I suppose, would now defend the wondrous stanza which was paralleled from the Groves of Blarney.Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860
But things had gone with him most unfortunately,—with a misfortune that had never been paralleled.The Claverings
The story of Guyges and Candaules' queen, if not paralleled here, is not without its moral.Lincolniana
Every one of these can be paralleled amongst the many neat contrivances of wind-borne fruits and seeds.The Romance of Plant Life
G. F. Scott Elliot
These have paralleled their movements, from a distance, for several weeks.The Little Lady of Lagunitas
Richard Henry Savage
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
1590s, from parallel (n.).
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.