What does Parallel mean?

Definitions for Parallel
ˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləlPar·al·lel

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Parallel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. analogue, analog, parallelnoun

    something having the property of being analogous to something else

  2. latitude, line of latitude, parallel of latitude, parallelnoun

    an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator

  3. paralleladjective

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

    "parallels never meet"

  4. paralleladjective

    being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting

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

  5. parallelverb

    of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations

    "parallel processing"

  6. parallelverb

    be parallel to

    "Their roles are paralleled by ours"

  7. parallel, collimateverb

    make or place parallel to something

    "They paralleled the ditch to the highway"

  8. twin, duplicate, parallelverb

    duplicate or match

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

GCIDE

  1. Parallelnoun

    (Geog.) 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; as, the counry was divided into North and South at the 38th parallel.

Wiktionary

  1. parallelnoun

    One of a set of parallel lines.

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  2. parallelnoun

    A line of latitude.

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

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  3. parallelnoun

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

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  4. parallelnoun

    Something identical or similar in essential respects

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  5. parallelverb

    To construct something parallel to something else.

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  6. parallelverb

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

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  7. parallelverb

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

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  8. parallelverb

    To compare or liken something to something else.

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  9. paralleladverb

    With a parallel relationship

    The road runs parallel with the canal.

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  10. paralleladjective

    Equally distant from one another at all points.

    The horizontal lines on my notebook paper are parallel.

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  11. paralleladjective

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

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  12. paralleladjective

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

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

  13. paralleladjective

    Involving the processing of multiple tasks at the same time

    a parallel algorithm

    Etymology: From παράλληλος, from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paralleladjective

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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  2. Paralleladjective

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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  3. Paralleladjective

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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  4. Parallelnoun

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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  5. Parallelnoun

    direction conformable to that of another line,

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  6. Parallelnoun

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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  7. Parallelnoun

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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  8. Parallelnoun

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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  9. Parallelnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  10. Parallelnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  11. Parallelnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  12. Parallelverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  13. Parallelverb

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

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  14. Parallelverb

    to equal; to match; to correspond to

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  15. Parallelverb

    to produce or adduce as a parallel

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  16. Parallelverb

    to be parallel; to correspond; to be like

    Etymology: [F. parallle, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ; para` beside + of one another, fr. other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parallel

    par′al-lel, adj. side by side: (geom.) extended in the same direction and equi-distant in all parts: with the same direction or tendency: running in accordance with: resembling in all essential points: like or similar.—n. a line equi-distant from another at all points: a line drawn across a map or round a globe at right angles to the axis, marking latitude: likeness: a comparison: counterpart: (pl.) trenches, dug parallel to the outline of a besieged fortress to protect the besiegers (mil.).—v.t. to place so as to be parallel: to correspond, or to make to correspond, to:—pr.p. par′alleling or par′allelling; pa.p. par′alleled or par′allelled.n. Par′allelism, state of being parallel: resemblance: comparison: likeness of form or meaning, as of two statements, clauses, or verses.—adj. Parallelis′tic, of the nature of, or involving, parallelism.—adv. Par′allelly.—Parallel bars, a pair of bars securely fixed, 4 to 6 feet above the ground, and about 1½ feet apart, used in gymnastics to strengthen the arms; Parallel forces, forces which act in parallel lines, having a single resultant, readily found by the method of moments; Parallel motion, a name given to any linkage by which circular motion may be changed into straight-line motion; Parallel rulers, a mathematical instrument for drawing parallel lines. [Fr.,—L. parallelus—Gr. parallēlospara, beside, allēlōn, of one another—allos, another.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. parallel

    A term for those lines that preserve an equal distance from each other. It is sometimes used instead of latitude, as, "Our orders were to cruise in the parallel of Madeira." More definitely, they are imaginary circles parallel with the equator, ninety in the northern, and ninety in the southern hemispheres.

Editors Contribution

  1. parallel

    A line in an equal and known specific direction.

    The ship was parallel to the horizon.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

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Entomology

  1. Parallel

    along the same line and nearly equidistant.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parallel in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parallel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Parallel in a Sentence

  1. David Garofalo:

    While the permitting is going on one track, on a parallel track we're doing the engineering.

  2. Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne:

    We have parallel conversations with many players who are outside the auto sector at the moment, we can't go into these discussions with a precise idea of what FCA wants. We're learning, just as they are learning.

  3. George Church:

    In parallel with getting rid of the viruses, we have been making the pig organs so that they will not be rejected by the human recipient, the next stage will be combining these and doing clinical trials.

  4. Ouriel Daskal:

    [ Hapoel ] Katamon is like a team from a parallel world, hapoel Katamon is owned by their supporters, Hapoel Katamon's sustainable, democratic and open to all races and religions, of which there are plenty in Hapoel Jerusalem.

  5. England Governor Mark Carney:

    The important thing for us as members of the FSB is to be moving in parallel with these developments and not be stifling innovation, but being able to apply them in a way that improves the resilience of the system.

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