Definitions for parallelˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•al•lelˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləl(adj.; n.; v.)-leled, -lel•ing; -lelled, -lel•ling

  1. (adj.)extending in the same direction, equidistant at all points, and never converging or diverging:

    parallel rows of chairs.

  2. having the same direction, nature, tendency, or course; corresponding; similar:

    parallel interests.

  3. (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 (usu. fol. by to or with).

    Category: Math

  4. having parts that are parallel.

  5. having electrical components connected in parallel:

    a parallel circuit.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  6. progressing at the same intervalic distance: sharing the same tonic:

    parallel lines in music.

    A major and A minor are parallel keys.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. of or pertaining to operations within a computer that are performed simultaneously: pertaining to or supporting the transfer of electronic data several bits at a time

    parallel processing.

    Category: Computers

    Ref: (disting. from serial 7 1 ).

  8. (n.)a parallel line or plane.

    Category: Math

  9. anything parallel or comparable in direction, course, nature, or tendency, to something else.

  10. any of the imaginary lines bearing E and W on the earth's surface, parallel to the equator, that mark the latitude.

    Category: Geography (places)

  11. something identical or similar in essential respects:

    a case without a parallel.

  12. correspondence or analogy.

  13. a comparison of things as if regarded side by side.

  14. an arrangement of an electrical circuit whereby all positive terminals are connected to one point and all negative ones to another.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  15. a pair of vertical parallel lines (蝁) used in printing as a reference mark.

    Category: Printing

  16. (v.t.)to provide a parallel for; match.

  17. to be in a parallel course to:

    The road parallels the river.

  18. to form a parallel to; equal.

  19. to show the similarity of; compare.

  20. to make parallel.

  21. (adv.)in a parallel course or manner.

Origin of parallel:

1540–50; < L parallēlus < Gk parállēlos side by side =par-par - +állēlos one another


Princeton's WordNet

  1. analogue, analog, parallel(noun)

    something having the property of being analogous to something else

  2. latitude, line of latitude, parallel of latitude, parallel(noun)

    an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator

  3. parallel(adj)

    (mathematics) one of a set of parallel geometric figures (parallel lines or planes)

    "parallels never meet"

  4. parallel(adj)

    being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting

    "parallel lines never converge"; "concentric circles are parallel"; "dancers in two parallel rows"

  5. parallel(verb)

    of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations

    "parallel processing"

  6. parallel(verb)

    be parallel to

    "Their roles are paralleled by ours"

  7. parallel, collimate(verb)

    make or place parallel to something

    "They paralleled the ditch to the highway"

  8. twin, duplicate, parallel(verb)

    duplicate or match

    "The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. parallel(adjective)ˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləl

    (of two lines) remaining exactly the same distance from each other at all times

    Draw two parallel lines across the page.; The street runs parallel to the railroad track.

  2. parallelˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləl

    done or happening at the same time or in the same way

    Our lives followed parallel paths until this point.; two universities that are working on parallel projects

  3. parallel(noun)ˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləl

    a similarity

    I see no parallels between their situations.

  4. parallelˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləl

    to say two things are similar

    to draw a parallel between the two crimes

  5. parallelˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləl

    at the same time or in the same way

    The two engines work in parallel.


  1. parallel(Noun)

    One of a set of parallel lines.

  2. parallel(Noun)

    A line of latitude.

    The 31st parallel passes through the center of my town.

  3. parallel(Noun)

    An arrangement of electrical components such that a current flows along two or more paths; see in parallel

  4. parallel(Noun)

    Something identical or similar in essential respects

  5. parallel(Verb)

    To construct something parallel to something else.

  6. parallel(Verb)

    Of a path etc: To be parallel to something else.

  7. parallel(Verb)

    Of a process etc: To be analogous to something else.

  8. parallel(Verb)

    To compare or liken something to something else.

  9. parallel(Adverb)

    With a parallel relationship

    The road runs parallel with the canal.

  10. parallel(Adjective)

    Equally distant from one another at all points.

    The horizontal lines on my notebook paper are parallel.

  11. parallel(Adjective)

    Having the same overall direction; the comparison is indicated with "to".

  12. parallel(Adjective)

    said of a pair of lines: that they either do not intersect or they coincide

  13. parallel(Adjective)

    Involving the processing of multiple tasks at the same time

    a parallel algorithm

  14. Origin: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parallel(adj)

    extended in the same direction, and in all parts equally distant; as, parallel lines; parallel planes

  2. Parallel(adj)

    having the same direction or tendency; running side by side; being in accordance (with); tending to the same result; -- used with to and with

  3. Parallel(adj)

    continuing a resemblance through many particulars; applicable in all essential parts; like; similar; as, a parallel case; a parallel passage

  4. Parallel(noun)

    a line which, throughout its whole extent, is equidistant from another line; a parallel line, a parallel plane, etc

  5. Parallel(noun)

    direction conformable to that of another line,

  6. Parallel(noun)

    conformity continued through many particulars or in all essential points; resemblance; similarity

  7. Parallel(noun)

    a comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity; as, Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope

  8. Parallel(noun)

    anything equal to, or resembling, another in all essential particulars; a counterpart

  9. Parallel(noun)

    one of the imaginary circles on the surface of the earth, parallel to the equator, marking the latitude; also, the corresponding line on a globe or map

  10. Parallel(noun)

    one of a series of long trenches constructed before a besieged fortress, by the besieging force, as a cover for troops supporting the attacking batteries. They are roughly parallel to the line of outer defenses of the fortress

  11. Parallel(noun)

    a character consisting of two parallel vertical lines (thus, ) used in the text to direct attention to a similarly marked note in the margin or at the foot of a page

  12. Parallel(verb)

    to place or set so as to be parallel; to place so as to be parallel to, or to conform in direction with, something else

  13. Parallel(verb)

    fig.: To make to conform to something else in character, motive, aim, or the like

  14. Parallel(verb)

    to equal; to match; to correspond to

  15. Parallel(verb)

    to produce or adduce as a parallel

  16. Parallel(verb)

    to be parallel; to correspond; to be like


  1. Parallel

    Parallelism is a term in geometry that refers to a property in Euclidean space of two or more lines or planes, or a combination of these. The assumed existence and properties of parallel lines are the basis of Euclid's parallel postulate. Two lines in a plane that do not intersect or touch at a point are called parallel lines. Likewise, a line and a plane, or two planes, in three-dimensional Euclidean space that do not share a point are said to be parallel. In a non-Euclidean space, parallel lines are those that intersect only in the limit at infinity.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Parallel

    (a) In the nomenclature of electric circuits two or more conductors leading from one point to another, are said to be in parallel. (b) When two or more conductors connect two main leads of comparatively large size and low resistance they are said to be in parallel or in multiple arc. This order is easiest pictured as the rungs of a ladder in parallel connecting its two sides representing the main leads. It may be used as a noun as "arranged in parallel," or as an adjective as "a parallel circuit," the opposite of series, q. v.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parallel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4774

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parallel' in Nouns Frequency: #2419

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parallel' in Adjectives Frequency: #663

Translations for parallel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of straight lines) going in the same direction and always staying the same distance apart

The road is parallel to/with the river.

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