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Definitions of parallel

  1. duplicate or match; " The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse"
  2. ( computer science) of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations; " parallel processing"
  3. an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
  4. being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting; " parallel lines never converge"; " concentric circles are parallel"; " dancers in two parallel rows"
  5. be parallel to; " Their roles are paralleled by ours"
  6. make or place parallel to something; " They paralleled the ditch to the highway"
  7. of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations; " parallel processing"
  8. Extended in the same direction, and in all parts equally distant; as, parallel lines; parallel planes.
  9. A line which, throughout its whole extent, is equidistant from another line; a parallel line, a parallel plane, etc.
  10. Direction conformable to that of another line,
  11. Conformity continued through many particulars or in all essential points; resemblance; similarity.
  12. A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity; as, Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope.
  13. Anything equal to, or resembling, another in all essential particulars; a counterpart.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Fig.: To make to conform to something else in character, motive, aim, or the like.
  18. To produce or adduce as a parallel.
  19. To be parallel; to correspond; to be like.
  20. Having the same direction or tendency; running side by side; being in accordance ( with); tending to the same result; - used with to and with.
  21. That arrangement of an electrical system in which all positive poles, electrodes, terminals, etc., are joined to one conductor, and all negative poles, etc., to another conductor; - called also multiple. Opposed to series.
  22. Lying side by side; extended in the same direction and equally distant from each other at all points; as, parallel lines; having the same course; similar; corresponding.
  23. A line equally distant at all points from another line; resemblance.
  24. To place or lay in the same direction, equally distant at all points; correspond to; equal.
  25. Side by side: ( geom.) extended in the same direction and equidistant in all parts: with the same direction or tendency: running in accordance with: resembling in all essential points: like or similar.
  26. A line always equidistant from another: a line marking latitude: likeness: a comparison: counterpart: ( mil.) in pl. the trenches, generally dug parallel with the outline of the fortress.
  27. To place so as to be parallel: to correspond to:- pr. p. paralleling or or parallelling; pa. p. paralleled or parallelled.
  28. A line equidistant at every point from another; likeness.
  29. Equally distant at every point; similar in direction or aim.
  30. To correspond to.
  31. To be a parallel for; place parallel to, or in comparison with.
  32. Extending or lying in the same direction.
  33. Having a like course; similar.
  34. A line extending in the same direction with and equidistant at all points from another line.
  35. Essential likeness; something like or equal to another; a match.
  36. Extended in the same direction, and in all parts equally distant; having the same direction or tendency; running in accordance with something; resembling in essential particulars; similar.
  37. Trenches in front of a fortified place parallel to the defences.
  38. A line which, throughout its whole extent, is equidistant from another line; circles on the terrestrial sphere parallel to the equator; direction conformable to that of another line; likeness; comparison; a counterpart.
  39. To place parallel; to equal; to correspond to; to be equal to; to compare. Parallel ruler, a mathematical instrument formed of two equal rulers, movable about joints, but always remaining parallel.
  40. To equal; to match; to correspond to.
  41. Lying side by side, and having always an equal distance from one another; having the same direction; equal in all essential points; like; similar.
  42. A line which is equidistant from another line throughout its whole length; a line on the globe marking latitude; anything equal to another in all essentia] particulars; resemblance; a comparison made.
  43. To place or set so as to be parallel; to equal; to resemble; to compare.

Usage examples for parallel

  1. I mentioned Mr. Thistleton, sir, because his was in some respects a parallel case to the present one. – My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  2. The single reason has its parallel in our own day. – Strange True Stories of Louisiana by George Washington Cable
  3. It is quite natural that Du Camp should go parallel with you in a series of observations and ideas, that does not mean anything. – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  4. The needle will arrange itself parallel to the bar magnet. – Electricity and Magnetism Nature's Miracles, Vol. III. by Elisha Gray
  5. Starting near Delaware Bay, it extended parallel with the ocean as far north as the lower portion of the present Monmouth County and formed a region about seventy- five miles long and thirty miles wide. – The Quaker Colonies A Chronicle of the Proprietors of the Delaware, Volume 8 in The Chronicles Of America Series by Sydney G. Fisher
  6. But it may be doubted whether the parallel thus drawn will hold good strictly, and in all cases. – Critiques and Addresses by Thomas Henry Huxley
  7. The main body continued along the right bank parallel with Cobbe's party. – With Kelly to Chitral by William George Laurence Beynon
  8. They run in parallel lines. – Quiet Talks on Power by S.D. Gordon
  9. The parallel passage in ver. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2 by Ernst Hengstenberg
  10. Great hills run roughly parallel to the river course, but leave a wide plain between themselves and it. – With Rimington by L. March Phillipps
  11. Parallel cases of legend- construction readily suggest themselves. – Jewish Literature and Other Essays by Gustav Karpeles
  12. But the cases are not exactly parallel. – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas
  13. Omitting these, I would here say of the two examples given, that they are not parallel instances. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  14. Mark, now, the parallel. – The Young Man and the World by Albert J. Beveridge
  15. They rose no more than a thousand feet at first, and then swept parallel with the ground. – Tarrano the Conqueror by Raymond King Cummings
  16. Not with any disdain, with no passion: such a line as she herself pursued she indicated to him on a neighbouring parallel. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  17. They were then obliged to try the thirtieth parallel as long as possible, instead of, as formerly, the thirty- seventh. – The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes by Tomás de Comyn Fedor Jagor Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow Charles Wilkes
  18. The sides of a claim shall be two parallel lines run as nearly as possible at right angles to the stream. – All about the Klondyke gold mines by J. Armoy Knox J. G. Pratt
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