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par·al·lel / ˈparəˌlel; -ləl/ • adj. (of lines, planes, surfaces, or objects) side by side and having the same distance continuously between them: parallel lines never meet | the road runs parallel to the Ottawa River. ∎  occurring or existing at the same time or in a similar way; corresponding: a parallel universe | they shared an apartment in Dallas while establishing parallel careers. ∎  Comput. involving the simultaneous performance of operations. ∎  of or denoting electrical components or circuits connected to common points at each end, rather than one to another in sequence. The opposite of series. ∎  Mus. containing or denoting successive intervals of the same size in otherwise independent voices: an answering phrase in parallel thirds. ∎  Gram. characterized by parallelism: a parallel structure of transitive clauses. • n. 1. a person or thing that is similar or analogous to another: a challenge that has no parallel in peacetime this century. ∎  a similarity: he points to a parallel between biological evolution and cognitive development. ∎  a comparison: he draws a parallel between personal destiny and social forces. 2. (also parallel of latitude) each of the imaginary parallel circles of constant latitude on the earth's surface. ∎  a corresponding line on a map. 3. Printing two parallel lines (ǁ) as a reference mark. • v. (-leled , -lel·ing ) [tr.] (of something extending in a line) be side by side with (something extending in a line), always keeping the same distance: a big concrete gutter that paralleled the road. ∎  be similar or corresponding to (something): U.S. naval and air superiority was paralleled by Soviet superiority in land-based missile systems. PHRASES: in parallel occurring at the same time and having some connection. ∎  (of electrical components or circuits) connected to common points at each end; not in series.

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parallel lying alongside (one) another and always the same distance apart XVI; precisely similar or corresponding XVII. — F. parallèle — L. parallēlus — Gr. parállēlos, f. PARA-1 alongside + allḗlōn (g. pl.) etc. one another, redupl. of állos other.
So parallelepiped XVII (in Gr. form XVI). — Gr. parallēlepípedon, f. parállēlos + epipedon plane surface, sb. use of n. of epípedos plane, f. EPI- + pédon ground. parallelogram XVI. — F. parallélogramme — late L. parallēlogrammum — Gr. parallelógrammon, sb. use of n. of adj. f. parállēlos + grammḗ line (cf. -GRAM).

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parallel Involving the simultaneous transfer or processing of the individual parts of a whole, such as the bits of a character. Compare serial.

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