parallel
I. adjective Etymology: Latin parallelus, from Greek parallēlos, from para beside + allēlōn of one another, from allos…allos one…another, from allos other — more at else Date: 1549 1. a. extending in the same direction, everywhere equidistant, and not meeting <
parallel rows of trees
>
b. everywhere equally distant <
concentric spheres are parallel
>
2. a. having parallel sides <
a parallel reamer
>
b. being or relating to an electrical circuit having a number of conductors in parallel c. arranged in parallel <
a parallel processor
>
d. relating to or being a connection in a computer system in which the bits of a byte are transmitted over separate channels at the same time <
a parallel port
>
— compare serial 3. a. (1) similar, analogous, or interdependent in tendency or development (2) exhibiting parallelism in form, function, or development <
parallel evolution
>
b. readily compared ; companion c. having identical syntactical elements in corresponding positions; also being such an element d. (1) having the same tonic — used of major and minor keys and scales (2) keeping the same distance apart in musical pitch 4. performed while keeping one's skis parallel <
parallel turns
>
Synonyms: see similar II. noun Date: 1551 1. a. a parallel line, curve, or surface b. one of the imaginary circles on the surface of the earth paralleling the equator and marking the latitude; also the corresponding line on a globe or map — see latitude illustration c. a character || used in printing especially as a reference mark 2. a. something equal or similar in all essential particulars ; counterpart b. similarity, analogue 3. a comparison to show resemblance 4. a. the state of being physically parallel b. an arrangement of electrical devices in a circuit in which the same potential difference is applied to two or more resistances with each resistance being on a different branch of the circuit — compare series c. an arrangement or state that permits several operations or tasks to be performed simultaneously rather than consecutively III. transitive verb Date: 1598 1. to indicate analogy of ; compare 2. a. to show something equal to ; match b. to correspond to 3. to place so as to be parallel in direction with something 4. to extend, run, or move in a direction parallel to IV. adverb Date: circa 1747 in a parallel manner

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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 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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