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Meaning & Definition of Parallel in English

English

Parallel

/pɛrəlɛl/

noun

1. Something having the property of being analogous to something else

    synonym:
  • analogue
  • ,
  • analog
  • ,
  • parallel

2. An imaginary line around the earth parallel to the equator

    synonym:
  • latitude
  • ,
  • line of latitude
  • ,
  • parallel of latitude
  • ,
  • parallel

3. (mathematics) one of a set of parallel geometric figures (parallel lines or planes)

  • "Parallels never meet"
    synonym:
  • parallel

verb

1. Be parallel to

  • "Their roles are paralleled by ours"
    synonym:
  • parallel

2. Make or place parallel to something

  • "They paralleled the ditch to the highway"
    synonym:
  • parallel
  • ,
  • collimate

3. Duplicate or match

  • "The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse"
    synonym:
  • twin
  • ,
  • duplicate
  • ,
  • parallel

adjective

1. Being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting

  • "Parallel lines never converge"
  • "Concentric circles are parallel"
  • "Dancers in two parallel rows"
    synonym:
  • parallel

2. Of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations

  • "Parallel processing"
    synonym:
  • parallel

Examples of using

The road runs parallel with the river.
You can draw an interesting parallel between those two events.
The road runs parallel to the river.