[[t]ˈpær əˌlɛl, -ləl[/t]] adj. n. v. -leled, -lel•ing (esp. brit.)-lelled, -lel•ling,
1) extending in the same direction, equidistant at all points, and never converging or diverging:
parallel rows of chairs[/ex]
2) having the same direction, nature, tendency, or course; corresponding; similar:
parallel interests[/ex]
3) math.
a) (of straight lines) lying in the same plane but never meeting no matter how far extended
b) (of planes) having common perpendiculars
c) (of a single line, plane, etc.) equidistant from another or others (usu. fol. by to or with)
4) having parts that are parallel
5) elm having electrical components connected in parallel:
a parallel circuit[/ex]
6) mad
a) progressing at the same intervalic distance:
parallel lines in music[/ex]
b) sharing the same tonic:
A major and A minor are parallel keys[/ex]
7) cmp
a) of or pertaining to operations within a computer that are performed simultaneously:
parallel processing[/ex]
b) cmp pertaining to or supporting the transfer of electronic data several bits at a time
(disting. from serial 8)).
8) math. a parallel line or plane
9) anything parallel or comparable in direction, course, nature, or tendency, to something else
10) geg any of the imaginary lines bearing E and W on the earth's surface, parallel to the equator, that mark the latitude
11) something identical or similar in essential respects:
a case without a parallel[/ex]
12) correspondence or analogy
13) a comparison of things as if regarded side by side
14) elm an arrangement of an electrical circuit whereby all positive terminals are connected to one point and all negative ones to another
15) pri a pair of vertical parallel lines (||Verbar;) used in printing as a reference mark
16) to provide a parallel for; match
17) to be in a parallel course to:
The road parallels the river[/ex]
18) to form a parallel to; equal
19) to show the similarity of; compare
20) to make parallel
21) in a parallel course or manner
Etymology: 1540–50; < L parallēlus < Gk parállēlos side by side =par- par-llēlos one another par′al•lel`ly, adv.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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