• Having the same overall direction; the comparison is indicated with "to".

    "The railway line runs parallel to the road."

  • (computing) Involving the processing of multiple tasks at the same time

    "a parallel algorithm"

  • Equally distant from one another at all points.

    "The horizontal lines on my notebook paper are parallel."

  • (hyperbolic geometry) said of a pair of lines: that they either do not intersect or they coincide
  • Having the same overall direction; the comparison is indicated with "to".

    "The two railway lines are parallel."


  • With a parallel relationship.

    "The road runs parallel with the canal."


  • A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity.

    "Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope"

  • Direction conformable to that of another line.
  • Something identical or similar in essential respects.
  • (printing) A character consisting of two parallel vertical lines, used in the text to direct attention to a similarly marked note in the margin or at the foot of a page.
  • One of a set of parallel lines.
  • An arrangement of electrical components such that a current flows along two or more paths; see in parallel.
  • (military) 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.
  • A line of latitude.

    "The 31st parallel passes through the center of my town."


  • To construct or place something parallel to something else.
  • To compare or liken something to something else.
  • To produce or adduce as a parallel.
  • Of a process etc: To be analogous to something else.
  • To equal; to match; to correspond to.
  • Of a path etc: To be parallel to something else.
  • To make to conform to something else in character, motive, aim, etc.

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