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Definition of Parallel


  1. 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.
  2. Extended in the same direction, and in all parts equally distant; as, parallel lines; parallel planes.
  3. Having the same direction or tendency; running side by side; being in accordance (with); tending to the same result; -- used with to and with.
  4. Continuing a resemblance through many particulars; applicable in all essential parts; like; similar; as, a parallel case; a parallel passage.
  5. A line which, throughout its whole extent, is equidistant from another line; a parallel line, a parallel plane, etc.
  6. Direction conformable to that of another line,
  7. Conformity continued through many particulars or in all essential points; resemblance; similarity.
  8. A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity; as, Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope.
  9. Anything equal to, or resembling, another in all essential particulars; a counterpart.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Fig.: To make to conform to something else in character, motive, aim, or the like.
  15. To equal; to match; to correspond to.
  16. To produce or adduce as a parallel.
  17. To be parallel; to correspond; to be like.

Parallel Quotations

I'm still living at least five parallel lives, honestly! I wonder about it. I have no idea how that happens.
Alice Walker

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
Ambrose Bierce

A human being is a being who is constantly 'under construction,' but also, in a parallel fashion, always in a state of constant destruction.
Jose Saramago

None but himself can be his parallel.

The New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working socialism and avert a social collapse in America; it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive 'policies' and 'Plans' of the Russian experiment. Americans shirk the word 'socialism', but what else can one call it?
H. G. Wells
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Parallel Translations

parallel in Dutch is evenwijdig, parallel
parallel in Italian is parallelo
parallel in Portuguese is paralela
parallel in Spanish is paralelo
parallel in Swedish is parallell

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