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(1)   Being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
"Parallel lines never converge"
"Concentric circles are parallel"
"Dancers in two parallel rows"
(2)   Of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations
"Parallel processing"


(3)   Something having the property of being analogous to something else
(4)   An imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator


(5)   Make or place parallel to something
"They paralleled the ditch to the highway"
(6)   Be parallel to
"Their roles are paralleled by ours"
(7)   Duplicate or match
"The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse"


  1. Of two or more (straight) lines, (flat) surfaces etc: Equally distant from one another at all points.
    The horizontal lines on my notebook paper are parallel.
  2. parallel to: Of one thing, relative to another: Equally distant from at all points.
    The railway line runs parallel to the road.


  1. With a parallel relationship
    The road runs parallel with the canal.


  1. One of a set of parallel lines.
  2. A line of latitude.
    The 31st parallel passes through the center of my town.
  3. An arrangement of electrical components such that a current flows along two or more paths; see in parallel


  1. To construct something parallel to something else.
  2. Of a path etc: To be parallel to something else.
  3. Of a process etc: To be analogous to something else.
  4. To compare or liken something to something else.