Parallel
Parallel Par"al*lel, n. 1. A line which, throughout its whole extent, is equidistant from another line; a parallel line, a parallel plane, etc. [1913 Webster]

Who made the spider parallels design, Sure as De Moivre, without rule or line ? --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Direction conformable to that of another line, [1913 Webster]

Lines that from their parallel decline. --Garth. [1913 Webster]

3. Conformity continued through many particulars or in all essential points; resemblance; similarity. [1913 Webster]

Twixt earthly females and the moon All parallels exactly run. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

4. A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity; as, Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. Anything equal to, or resembling, another in all essential particulars; a counterpart. [1913 Webster]

None but thyself can be thy parallel. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

6. (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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

7. (Mil.) 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. [1913 Webster]

8. (Print.) 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. [1913 Webster]

9. (Elec.) 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}.

Note: Parts of a system so arranged are said to be

{in parallel} or

{in multiple}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Limiting parallels}. See under {Limit}, v. t.

{Parallel of altitude} (Astron.), one of the small circles of the sphere, parallel to the horizon; an almucantar.

{Parallel of declination} (Astron.), one of the small circles of the sphere, parallel to the equator.

{Parallel of latitude}. (a) (Geog.) See def. 6. above. (b) (Astron.) One of the small circles of the sphere, parallel to the ecliptic. [1913 Webster]


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  • Parallel — Par al*lel, a. [F. parall[ e]le, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ?; para beside + ? of one another, fr. ? other, akin to L. alius. See {Alien}.] 1. (Geom.) Extended in the same direction, and in all parts equally distant; as, parallel lines; parallel… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Parallel — may refer to: Mathematics and science * Parallel (geometry) * Parallel (latitude), an imaginary east west line circling a globe Proper name * Parallel (manga), a shōnen manga by Toshihiko Kobayashi * Parallel (video), a video album by R.E.M. *… …   Wikipedia

  • parallel — [par′ə lel΄, par′ələl] adj. [Fr parallèle < L parallelus < Gr parallēlos < para , side by side (see PARA 1) + allēlos, one another < allos, other: see ELSE] 1. extending in the same direction and at the same distance apart at every… …   English World dictionary

  • parallel — par‧al‧lel [ˈpærəlel] adjective [only before a noun] 1. ECONOMICS COMMERCE parallel goods, imports etc are sold avoiding the distribution channel S (= ways of making goods available to the public) approved by the makers: • Luxury brands …   Financial and business terms

  • parallel# — parallel adj *like, alike, similar, analogous, comparable, akin, uniform, identical Analogous words: *same, identical, equal, equivalent: corresponding, correlative (see RECIPROCAL) parallel n 1 Comparison, contrast, antithesis, collation… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • parallel — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of lines, planes, or surfaces) side by side and having the same distance continuously between them. 2) occurring or existing at the same time or in a similar way; corresponding: a parallel universe. 3) Computing involving the… …   English terms dictionary

  • Parallel — Par al*lel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Paralleled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Paralleling}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] The needle . . . doth… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parallel — Adj std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. parallēlos, parallēlus, dieses aus gr. parállēlos nebeneinander , zu gr. allḗlōn einander und gr. para . Abstraktum: Parallele.    Ebenso nndl. parallel, ne. parallel, nfrz. parallèl, nschw. parallel …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Parallēl — (v. gr.), heißen zwei in einer Ebene liegende Gerade, wenn sie sich nicht schneiden, soweit man sie auch beiderseits verlängern mag. Wenn zwei gerade Linien eine dritte Gerade so schneiden, daß sie mit ihr nach derselben Seite hin gleiche Winkel… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • parallel — I adjective abreast, agreed, akin, aligned, analogous, coequal, coextending, coextensive, cognate, coincident, collateral, commensurable, comparable, comparing, comparison, concerted, concomitant, concurrent, congeneric, congenerous, congruous,… …   Law dictionary

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