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Meaning of PARALLEL

Pronunciation:  'paru`lel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something having the property of being analogous to something else
  2. [n]  an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
  3. [adj]  being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting; "parallel lines never converge"; "concentric circles are parallel"; "dancers in two parallel rows"
  4. [adj]  (computer science) of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations; "parallel processing"
  5. [v]  make or place parallel to something; "They paralleled the ditch to the highway."
  6. [v]  be parallel to; "Their roles are paralleled by ours"
  7. [v]  duplicate or match; "The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse"

PARALLEL is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: analog, analogue, antiparallel, collateral, collimate, duplicate, in parallel(p), latitude, line of latitude, nonconvergent, nonintersecting, parallel of latitude, synchronal, synchronic, synchronous, twin
 Antonyms: oblique, perpendicular
 See Also: agree, alter, change, check, comparable, correspond, fit, gibe, horse latitude, jibe, line, match, polar circle, similarity, symmetric, symmetrical, tally, tropic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Par"al*lel\, n. (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.
  2. \Par"al*lel\, a. [F. parall[`e]le, L. parallelus, fr.
    Gr. ?; ? beside + ? of one another, fr. ? other, akin to L.
    alius. See {Allien}.]
    1. (Geom.) Extended in the same direction, and in all parts
       equally distant; as, parallel lines; parallel planes.
             Revolutions . . . parallel to the equinoctial.
    Note: Curved lines or curved planes are said to be parallel
          when they are in all parts equally distant.
    2. Having the same direction or tendency; running side by
       side; being in accordance (with); tending to the same
       result; -- used with to and with.
             When honor runs parallel with the laws of God and
             our country, it can not be too much cherished.
    3. Continuing a resemblance through many particulars;
       applicable in all essential parts; like; similar; as, a
       parallel case; a parallel passage. --Addison.
    {Parallel bar}.
       (a) (Steam Eng.) A rod in a parallel motion which is
           parallel with the working beam.
       (b) One of a pair of bars raised about five feet above the
           floor or ground, and parallel to each other, -- used
           for gymnastic exercises.
    {Parallel circles of a sphere}, those circles of the sphere
       whose planes are parallel to each other.
    {Parallel columns}, or {Parallels} (Printing), two or more
       passages of reading matter printed side by side, for the
       purpose of emphasizing the similarity or discrepancy
       between them.
    {Parallel forces} (Mech.), forces which act in directions
       parallel to each other.
    {Parallel motion}.
       (a) (Mach.) A jointed system of links, rods, or bars, by
           which the motion of a reciprocating piece, as a piston
           rod, may be guided, either approximately or exactly in
           a straight line. --Rankine.
       (b) (Mus.) The ascending or descending of two or more
           parts at fixed intervals, as thirds or sixths.
    {Parallel rod} (Locomotive Eng.), a metal rod that connects
       the crank pins of two or more driving wheels; -- called
       also {couping rod}, in distinction from the connecting
       rod. See Illust. of {Locomotive}, in App. -- {Parallel
    ruler}, an instrument for drawing parallel lines, so
       constructed as to have the successive positions of the
       ruling edge parallel to each other; also, one consisting
       of two movable parts, the opposite edges of which are
       always parallel.
    {Parallel sailing} (Naut.), sailing on a parallel of
    {Parallel sphere} (Astron. & Geog.), that position of the
       sphere in which the circles of daily motion are parallel
       to the horizon, as to an observer at either pole.
    {Parallel vise}, a vise having jaws so guided as to remain
       parallel in all positions.
  3. \Par"al*lel\, n.
    1. A line which, throughout its whole extent, is equidistant
       from another line; a parallel line, a parallel plane, etc.
             Who made the spider parallels design, Sure as De
             Moivre, without rule or line ?        --Pope.
    2. Direction conformable to that of another line,
             Lines that from their parallel decline. --Garth.
    3. Conformity continued through many particulars or in all
       essential points; resemblance; similarity.
             Twixt earthly females and the moon All parallels
             exactly run.                          --Swift.
    4. A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity; as,
       Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope.
    5. Anything equal to, or resembling, another in all essential
       particulars; a counterpart.
             None but thyself can be thy parallel. --Pope.
    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.
    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
    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
    {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.
  4. \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
             The needle . . . doth parallel and place itself upon
             the true meridian.                    --Sir T.
    2. Fig.: To make to conform to something else in character,
       motive, aim, or the like.
             His life is paralleled Even with the stroke and line
             of his great justice.                 --Shak.
    3. To equal; to match; to correspond to. --Shak.
    4. To produce or adduce as a parallel. [R.] --Locke.
             My young remembrance can not parallel A fellow to
             it.                                   --Shak.
  5. \Par"al*lel\, v. i.
    To be parallel; to correspond; to be like. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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