Adjective: parallel 'per-u,lel or 'pa-ru-lul [N. Amer], 'pa-ru,lel or 'pa-ru-lul [Brit]
Noun: parallel 'per-u,lel or 'pa-ru-lul [N. Amer], 'pa-ru,lel or 'pa-ru-lul [Brit]
- Being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
"parallel lines never converge"; "concentric circles are parallel"; "dancers in two parallel rows"
- (computing) of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations
Verb: parallel (paralleled,paralleling) 'per-u,lel or 'pa-ru-lul [N. Amer], 'pa-ru,lel or 'pa-ru-lul [Brit]
- Something having the property of being analogous to something else
- analogue, analog [US]
- An imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
- latitude, line of latitude, parallel of latitude
- (mathematics) one of a set of parallel geometric figures (parallel lines or planes)
"parallels never meet"
- Be parallel to
"Their roles are paralleled by ours"
- Make or place parallel to something
"They paralleled the ditch to the highway";
- Duplicate or match
"The polished surface paralleled his face and chest in reverse";
- twin, duplicate
Derived forms: paralleled, paralleling, parallels
See also: antiparallel, collateral, comparable, nonconvergent, nonintersecting, symmetric, symmetrical, synchronal, synchronic, synchronous
Type of: agree, alter, change, check, correspond, figure, fit, gibe, jibe, line, marry, marry up, match, modify, similarity, tally
Antonym: oblique, perpendicular