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English adjective: parallel

1. parallel being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting

SamplesParallel lines never converge.
Concentric circles are parallel.
Dancers in two parallel rows.

Similarantiparallel, collateral, nonconvergent, nonintersecting

See alsocomparable, symmetric, symmetrical

Antonymsoblique, perpendicular

2. parallel of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations

SamplesParallel processing.

Similarsynchronal, synchronic, synchronous

Domain categorycomputer science, computing


English noun: parallel

1. parallel (attribute) something having the property of being analogous to something else

Synonymsanalog, analogue

Broader (hypernym)similarity

Narrower (hyponym)echo

2. parallel (location) an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator

Synonymslatitude, line of latitude, parallel of latitude

Broader (hypernym)line

Narrower (hyponym)horse latitude, polar circle, tropic

3. parallel (shape) (mathematics) one of a set of parallel geometric figures (parallel lines or planes)

SamplesParallels never meet.

Broader (hypernym)figure

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

English verb: parallel

1. parallel (stative) be parallel to

SamplesTheir roles are paralleled by ours.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

2. parallel (change) make or place parallel to something

SamplesThey paralleled the ditch to the highway.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

3. parallel (stative) duplicate or match

SamplesThe polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse.

Synonymsduplicate, twin

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

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