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PARALLEL (parallelled, parallelling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does parallel mean? 

PARALLEL (noun)
  The noun PARALLEL has 2 senses:

1. something having the property of being analogous to something else
2. an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator

  Familiarity information: PARALLEL used as a noun is rare.


PARALLEL (adjective)
  The adjective PARALLEL has 2 senses:

1. being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
2. of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations

  Familiarity information: PARALLEL used as an adjective is rare.


PARALLEL (verb)
  The verb PARALLEL has 3 senses:

1. be parallel to
2. make or place parallel to something
3. duplicate or match

  Familiarity information: PARALLEL used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PARALLEL (noun)


Sense 1parallel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something having the property of being analogous to something else

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

analog; analogue; parallel

Hypernyms ("parallel" is a kind of...):

similarity (the quality of being similar)


Sense 2parallel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

line of latitude; parallel of latitude; parallel; latitude

Hypernyms ("parallel" is a kind of...):

line (a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "parallel"):

polar circle (a line of latitude at the north or south poles)

horse latitude (either of two belts or regions near 30 degrees north or 30 degrees south; characterized by calms and light baffling winds)

tropic (either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees north and south of the equator representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead and constituting the boundaries of the Torrid Zone or tropics)


PARALLEL (adjective)


Sense 1parallel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting

Context examples:

parallel lines never converge / concentric circles are parallel / dancers in two parallel rows

Similar:

nonconvergent; nonintersecting ((of lines, planes, or surfaces) never meeting or crossing)

collateral (situated or running side by side)

antiparallel ((especially of vectors) parallel but oppositely directed)

Also:

comparable (able to be compared or worthy of comparison)

symmetric; symmetrical (having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts)

Antonym:

oblique (slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled)

perpendicular (intersecting at or forming right angles)


Sense 2parallel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations

Context example:

parallel processing

Similar:

synchronal; synchronic; synchronous (occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)


PARALLEL (verb)


Sense 1parallel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be parallel to

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

Their roles are paralleled by ours

Hypernyms (to "parallel" is one way to...):

agree; check; correspond; fit; gibe; jibe; match; tally (be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2parallel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make or place parallel to something

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

collimate; parallel

Context example:

They paralleled the ditch to the highway

Hypernyms (to "parallel" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3parallel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Duplicate or match

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

twin; duplicate; parallel

Context example:

The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse

Hypernyms (to "parallel" is one way to...):

agree; check; correspond; fit; gibe; jibe; match; tally (be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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