What does parallel mean?

Definitions for parallel
ˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləlpar·al·lel

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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"

GCIDE

  1. Parallel(n.)

    (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. parallel(Noun)

    One of a set of parallel lines.

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

  2. parallel(Noun)

    A line of latitude.

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

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

  3. parallel(Noun)

    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. parallel(Noun)

    Something identical or similar in essential respects

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

  5. parallel(Verb)

    To construct something parallel to something else.

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

  6. parallel(Verb)

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

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

  7. parallel(Verb)

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

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

  8. parallel(Verb)

    To compare or liken something to something else.

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

  9. parallel(Adverb)

    With a parallel relationship

    The road runs parallel with the canal.

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

  10. parallel(Adjective)

    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. parallel(Adjective)

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

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

  12. parallel(Adjective)

    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. parallel(Adjective)

    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. Parallel(adj)

    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. 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

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

  3. Parallel(adj)

    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. Parallel(noun)

    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. Parallel(noun)

    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. Parallel(noun)

    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. Parallel(noun)

    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. Parallel(noun)

    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. 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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  13. Parallel(verb)

    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. Parallel(verb)

    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. Parallel(verb)

    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. Parallel(verb)

    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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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

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How to say parallel in sign language?

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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. Guy Houlsby:

    The original Darrieus turbine has blades that are parallel to the axis of rotation, and that means that the loads in the blades are carried entirely by bending of the blades. That results in very high stresses, the re-design that we've done changes the blades so that they form this triangulated structure, and that's a very stiff and very strong structural form. And that means that the loads in the blades are principally carried by axial forces and that means that the stresses are much lower.

  2. 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.

  3. Aesop:

    A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.

  4. Dimitris Tzanakopoulos:

    Attica is facing a very difficult night. The combination of intense winds and multiple parallel fronts has created an unprecedented extent and difficulty for firefighters.

  5. Joe Uziel:

    Given the lack of a clear archaeological parallel to the stepped structure, the purpose of the staircase remains the mystery, it is certainly possible the rabbinical sources provide valuable information about structures, such as this, although for the time being there is no definitive proof.

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Translations for parallel

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  • موازيArabic
  • paral·lelCatalan, Valencian
  • paralélní, rovnoběžný, rovnoběžkaCzech
  • Parallele, parallel, Breitengrad, zu, BreitenkreisGerman
  • παράλληλος, παραλληλίζω, παράλληλαGreek
  • paralela, paraleloEsperanto
  • paraleloSpanish
  • rööpneEstonian
  • samansuuntainen, suuntainen, samansuuntaisesti, leveyspiiri, suuntaisesti, rinnakkainen, rinnastaa, yhdensuuntainenFinnish
  • à, parallèle, parallèlementFrench
  • מקביל, הִקְבִּיל, קו רוחב, מקבילים, השווהHebrew
  • समानान्तरHindi
  • párhuzamos vonal, szélességi kör, párhuzamos, szélességi fokHungarian
  • զուգահեռ, զուգահեռականArmenian
  • samhliðaIcelandic
  • parallelamente, paralleloItalian
  • 並列, 緯線, 平行Japanese
  • 갋다, 견주다, 나란하다, 평행의Korean
  • whakararaMāori
  • breddegrad, breddegradssirkelNorwegian
  • evenwijdig, parallel, evenwijdige, met, breedtegraadDutch
  • breidegradssirkel, breiddegradNorwegian Nynorsk
  • parallell, paralleltNorwegian
  • równoległy, równolegle, równoleżnikPolish
  • paralelo, paralelamentePortuguese
  • paralelRomanian
  • параллель, паралле́льный, паралле́льноRussian
  • parallell, liknas vidSwedish
  • song song, tương đôngVietnamese

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