parallel

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English[edit]

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From Middle French parallèle, borrowed from Latin parallelus.

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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.
  2. Having the same overall direction; the comparison is indicated with "to".
    The two railway lines are parallel.
  3. (hyperbolic geometry, said of a pair of lines) Either not intersecting, or coinciding.[1]
    Antonyms: perpendicular, skew
  4. (computing) Involving the processing of multiple tasks at the same time.
    Antonyms: serial, sequential
    Coordinate term: concurrent
    a parallel algorithm

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parallel (comparative more parallel, superlative most parallel)

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

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Noun[edit]

parallel (plural parallels)

  1. One of a set of parallel lines.
  2. Direction conformable to that of another line.
    • 1699, Samuel Garth, The Dispensary
      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.
  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.
  2. Of a path etc: To be parallel to something else.
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 6:
      Archaic covered bridges lingered fearsomely out of the past in pockets of the hills, and the half-abandoned railway track paralleling the river seemed to exhale a nebulously visible air of desolation.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 66:
      Racing on, we parallel the M5 doing 95mph, according to the app on my smartphone.
  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.
  6. To equal; to match; to correspond to.
  7. To produce or adduce as a parallel.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via Latin parallēlus from Ancient Greek side-by-side, from παρά (pará, by) +‎ ἀλλήλοις (allḗlois, each other)

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parallel (neuter parallelt, plural and definite singular attributive parallelle)

  1. (geometry) parallel (equally distant at all points)
  2. parallel (equivalent)

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parallel c (singular definite parallellen, plural indefinite paralleller)

  1. parallel (a similar case)
  2. parallel (comparison)
  3. (geometry, rare) parallel (a parallel line)

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Dutch[edit]

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parallel (not comparable)

  1. parallel

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Inflection of parallel
uninflected parallel
inflected parallelle
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial parallel
indefinite m./f. sing. parallelle
n. sing. parallel
plural parallelle
definite parallelle
partitive parallels

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin parallēlus, parallēlos, from Ancient Greek παράλληλος (parállēlos).

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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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