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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Parallel \Par"al*lel\, adjective [F. parall['e]le, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ?; para' beside + ? of one another, fr. ? other, akin to L. alius. See {Alien}.]

1. (Geom.) Extended in the same direction, and in all parts equally distant; as, parallel lines; parallel planes.

Revolutions . . . parallel to the equinoctial. --Hakluyt.

Note: Curved lines or curved planes are said to be parallel when they are in all parts equally distant.

2. Having the same direction or tendency; running side by side; being in accordance (with); tending to the same result; -- used with to and with.

When honor runs parallel with the laws of God and our country, it can not be too much cherished. --Addison.

3. Continuing a resemblance through many particulars; applicable in all essential parts; like; similar; as, a parallel case; a parallel passage. --Addison.

{Parallel bar}. (a) (Steam Eng.) A rod in a parallel motion which is parallel with the working beam. (b) One of a pair of bars raised about five feet above the floor or ground, and parallel to each other, -- used for gymnastic exercises.

{Parallel circles of a sphere}, those circles of the sphere whose planes are parallel to each other.

{Parallel columns}, or {Parallels} (Printing), two or more passages of reading matter printed side by side, for the purpose of emphasizing the similarity or discrepancy between them.

{Parallel forces} (Mech.), forces which act in directions parallel to each other.

{Parallel motion}. (a) (Mach.) A jointed system of links, rods, or bars, by which the motion of a reciprocating piece, as a piston rod, may be guided, either approximately or exactly in a straight line. --Rankine. (b) (Mus.) The ascending or descending of two or more parts at fixed intervals, as thirds or sixths.

{Parallel rod} (Locomotive Eng.), a metal rod that connects the crank pins of two or more driving wheels; -- called also {couping rod}, in distinction from the connecting rod. See Illust. of {Locomotive}, in App. -- {Parallel ruler}, an instrument for drawing parallel lines, so constructed as to have the successive positions of the ruling edge parallel to each other; also, one consisting of two movable parts, the opposite edges of which are always parallel.

{Parallel sailing} (Naut.), sailing on a parallel of latitude.

{Parallel sphere} (Astron. & Geog.), that position of the sphere in which the circles of daily motion are parallel to the horizon, as to an observer at either pole.

{Parallel vise}, a vise having jaws so guided as to remain parallel in all positions.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Parallel \Par"al*lel\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Paralleled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Paralleling}.]

1. To place or set so as to be parallel; to place so as to be parallel to, or to conform in direction with, something else.

The needle . . . doth parallel and place itself upon the true meridian. --Sir T. Browne.

2. Fig.: To make to conform to something else in character, motive, aim, or the like.

His life is paralleled Even with the stroke and line of his great justice. --Shak.

3. To equal; to match; to correspond to. --Shak.

4. To produce or adduce as a parallel. [R.] --Locke.

My young remembrance can not parallel A fellow to it. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Parallel \Par"al*lel\, noun

1. A line which, throughout its whole extent, is equidistant from another line; a parallel line, a parallel plane, etc.

Who made the spider parallels design, Sure as De Moivre, without rule or line ? --Pope.

2. Direction conformable to that of another line,

Lines that from their parallel decline. --Garth.

3. Conformity continued through many particulars or in all essential points; resemblance; similarity.

Twixt earthly females and the moon All parallels exactly run. --Swift.

4. A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity; as, Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope.

5. Anything equal to, or resembling, another in all essential particulars; a counterpart.

None but thyself can be thy parallel. --Pope.

6. (Geog.) One of the imaginary circles on the surface of the earth, parallel to the equator, marking the latitude; also, the corresponding line on a globe or map; as, the counry was divided into North and South at the 38th parallel. [1913 Webster +PJC]

7. (Mil.) One of a series of long trenches constructed before a besieged fortress, by the besieging force, as a cover for troops supporting the attacking batteries. They are roughly parallel to the line of outer defenses of the fortress.

8. (Print.) A character consisting of two parallel vertical lines (thus, ) used in the text to direct attention to a similarly marked note in the margin or at the foot of a page.

9. (Elec.) That arrangement of an electrical system in which all positive poles, electrodes, terminals, etc., are joined to one conductor, and all negative poles, etc., to another conductor; -- called also {multiple}. Opposed to {series}.

Note: Parts of a system so arranged are said to be

{in parallel} or

{in multiple}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Limiting parallels}. See under {Limit}, verb (used with an object)

{Parallel of altitude} (Astron.), one of the small circles of the sphere, parallel to the horizon; an almucantar.

{Parallel of declination} (Astron.), one of the small circles of the sphere, parallel to the equator.

{Parallel of latitude}. (a) (Geog.) See def. 6. above. (b) (Astron.) One of the small circles of the sphere, parallel to the ecliptic.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Parallel \Par"al*lel\, verb (used without an object) To be parallel; to correspond; to be like. [Obs.] --Bacon.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

parallel

adjective

1: being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting; "parallel lines never converge"; "concentric circles are parallel"; "dancers in two parallel rows" [ant: {oblique}, {perpendicular}]

2: of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations; "parallel processing"

noun

1: something having the property of being analogous to something else [syn: {analogue}, {analog}, {parallel}]

2: an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator [syn: {latitude}, {line of latitude}, {parallel of latitude}, {parallel}]

3: (mathematics) one of a set of parallel geometric figures (parallel lines or planes); "parallels never meet"

verb

1: be parallel to; "Their roles are paralleled by ours"

2: make or place parallel to something; "They paralleled the ditch to the highway" [syn: {parallel}, {collimate}]

3: duplicate or match; "The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse" [syn: {twin}, {duplicate}, {parallel}]

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