- (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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The ship had swung through Sarangani Channel and was paralleling the west coast due north toward Davao.Terry|Charles Goff Thomson
Paralleling and supplementing family and village, the hui won for itself an unchallenged place in the Chinese social structure.Government in Republican China|Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
Always they bore across our front to the left; for on that side, paralleling our course, ran a long ravine or "dry slough."The Killer|Stewart Edward White
Tuesday morning, August 19th, found us paralleling the picturesque river Yonne, which waters the vine-clad valleys of Burgundy.The Greater Love|George T. McCarthy
Now that con's mental processes must have been paralleling, mine, for he reasoned that it was the very thing I would do.The Road|Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for paralleling (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for paralleling (2 of 2)
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)