- (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 parallels
Our time is so vastly different in its particulars that the parallels work only in broad strokes.
There are limits to the parallels between Kafr Kanna and Ferguson.
Earlier in the season, La Russa and I had discussed the parallels between managing and leading in sports and in business.Tony La Russa Explains How To Make It To The World Series|Dave Pottruck|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The parallels Hong Kong readers find between the encroaching Titans and China have made it a huge success there.This Author Kills More Darlings Than George R.R. Martin|David Levesley|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These parallels are important because they can help us predict the future.
All these riddle-rhymes are based on primitive conceptions, and all have parallels in the nursery lore of other countries.Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes|Lina Eckenstein
For parallels to the various incidents, see Mr. Nutt's notes on MacInnes, pp. 470-3.More Celtic Fairy Tales|Various
I know of no parallels to this interesting story, which appears to be old native tradition.Filipino Popular Tales|Dean S. Fansler
Next week I may probably continue the lecture and the parallels.
It is easy to put all these parallels, perpendiculars, and diagonals into perspective, and then to draw the hexagons.The Theory and Practice of Perspective|George Adolphus Storey
British Dictionary definitions for parallels
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)