I UK [ˈpærəlel] / US [ˈperəˌlel] adjective **
1) maths lines that are parallel are the same distance apart at every point along their whole length

I drew two parallel lines around the border of the drawing.

parallel to:

He leaned forward so that his body was almost parallel to the ground.

parallel with:

The river enters the town from the east and flows parallel with the main street.

2) happening at the same time or in the same way but separately

There will be parallel announcements from both governments.

Parallel efforts by many groups aim to research how to use the Internet more successfully.

3) computing performing several operations at the same time

II UK [ˈpærəlel] / US [ˈperəˌlel] noun [countable]
Word forms "parallel":
singular parallel plural parallels
a) a way in which separate things or people are similar to each other
parallel between:

There are many parallels between the two attacks.

parallel with:

The parallels with developments in the software industry are clear for all to see.

b) someone or something that is similar to another person or thing

This attempt at government reform has parallels in several other countries.

no parallel:

There is no parallel in modern history for the military superiority the United States currently has.

without parallel:

Woods is a golfer without parallel (= no one is better) in terms of talent.

2) a comparison between things
draw a parallel with/between:

A number of books at that time tried to draw parallels between brains and computers.

3) an imaginary line around the Earth at a fixed distance from the equator

The 49th parallel marks part of the boundary between the United States and Canada.

III UK [ˈpærəlel] / US [ˈperəˌlel] verb [transitive]
Word forms "parallel":
present tense I/you/we/they parallel he/she/it parallels present participle paralleling past tense paralleled past participle paralleled
1) to be similar to something
2) to be equal to something else

US naval and air superiority was paralleled by Soviet superiority in land-based missile systems.

3) if one thing parallels another, they are the same distance apart at every point along their whole length

The road paralleled the stream for fifty miles before veering to the north.

English dictionary. 2014.


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