parallel

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From Middle French parallèle, from Ancient Greek παράλληλος (parállēlos), from παρά + ἄλληλος, along each other

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parallel (not comparable)

  1. Equally distant from one another at all points.
    The horizontal lines on my notebook paper are parallel.
    • Hakluyt
      revolutions [] parallel to the equinoctial
  2. Having the same overall direction; the comparison is indicated with "to".
    The railway line runs parallel to the road.
    The two railway lines are parallel.
    • Addison
      When honour runs parallel with the laws of God and our country, it cannot be too much cherished.
  3. (hyperbolic geometry) said of a pair of lines: that they either do not intersect or they coincide[1]
  4. (computing) Involving the processing of multiple tasks at the same time
    a parallel algorithm

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parallel (comparative more parallel, superlative most parallel)

  1. With a parallel relationship.
    The road runs parallel with the canal.

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parallel (plural parallels)

  1. One of a set of parallel lines.
    • Alexander Pope
      Who made the spider parallels design, / Sure as De Moivre, without rule or line?
  2. Direction conformable to that of another line.
    • Garth
      lines that from their parallel decline
  3. A line of latitude.
    The 31st parallel passes through the center of my town.
  4. An arrangement of electrical components such that a current flows along two or more paths; see in parallel.
  5. Something identical or similar in essential respects.
    • Alexander Pope
      None but thyself can be thy parallel.
  6. A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity.
    Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope
  7. (military) 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.
  8. (printing) A character consisting of two parallel vertical lines, used in the text to direct attention to a similarly marked note in the margin or at the foot of a page.

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parallel (third-person singular simple present parallels, present participle (US) paralleling or (UK) parallelling, simple past and past participle (US) paralleled or (UK) parallelled)

  1. To construct or place something parallel to something else.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      The needle [] doth parallel and place itself upon the true meridian.
  2. Of a path etc: To be parallel to something else.
  3. Of a process etc: To be analogous to something else.
  4. To compare or liken something to something else.
  5. To make to conform to something else in character, motive, aim, etc.
    • Shakespeare
      His life is parallelled / Even with the stroke and line of his great justice.
  6. To equal; to match; to correspond to.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  7. To produce or adduce as a parallel.
    • Shakespeare
      My young remembrance cannot parallel / A fellow to it.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Locke to this entry?)

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  1. ^ Jos Leys — The hyperbolic chamber (paragraph 8)

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parallel (not comparable)

  1. parallel

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parallel (not comparable)

  1. parallel
    Die Linien meines Schreibpapiers laufen exakt parallel.
    Die eine Bahnschiene verläuft auch in der Kurve stets parallel zur anderen.
  2. Serving the same purpose, leading to the same result
    Die Autobahn verläuft parallel zur Eisenbahn aber in ganz unterschiedlichen Biegungen und Kurven.
    Die Eheleute hatten nichts verabredet, so haben sie parallel (zueinander) eingekauft.

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