Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) something having the property of being analogous to something else
  2. (noun, location) an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
  3. (noun, shape) (mathematics) one of a set of parallel geometric figures (parallel lines or planes)
  4. (verb, change) make or place parallel to something
  5. (verb, stative) be parallel to
  6. (verb, stative) duplicate or match
  7. (adj, all) being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
    concentric circles are parallel
    dancers in two parallel rows
  8. (adj, all) of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Parallel

oblique, perpendicular

Alternate forms of Parallel

Derivations: parallel

Hyponyms: echo, horse latitude, polar circle, tropic

Hypernyms: agree, alter, change, check, correspond, figure, fit, gibe, jibe, line, match, modify, similarity, tally

Origin of the word Parallel

  1. 1540s, from M.Fr. parall?le, from L. parallelus, from Gk. parallelos "parallel," from para allelois "beside one another," from para "beside" + allelois "each other," from allos "other" (see alias). The verb is first recorded 1590s. Parallel bars as gymnastics apparatus are recorded from 1868. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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