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Definition 1: something having the property of being analogous to something else - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for parallel in the sense of this definition

(parallel is a kind of ...) the quality of being similar

(... is a kind of parallel ) a close parallel of a feeling, idea, style, etc.

"his contention contains more than an echo of Rousseau" "Napoleon III was an echo of the mighty Emperor but an infinitely better man"

Definition 2: an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for parallel in the sense of this definition

(parallel is a kind of ...) a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent

(... is a kind of parallel ) a line of latitude at the north or south poles

(... is a kind of parallel ) either of two belts or regions near 30 degrees north or 30 degrees south; characterized by calms and light-baffling winds

(... is a kind of parallel ) either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees to the 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

Definition 3: (mathematics) one of a set of parallel geometric figures (parallel lines or planes) - [noun denoting shape]

Samples where parallel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • parallels never meet

(parallel is a kind of ...) a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape

(parallel belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 4: make or place parallel to something - [verb of change]

Samples where parallel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They paralleled the ditch to the highway

Synonyms for parallel in the sense of this definition

(parallel is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 5: be parallel to - [verb of stative]

Samples where parallel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Their roles are paralleled by ours

(parallel is a kind of ...) be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

"The two stories don't agree in many details" "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check" "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

Definition 6: duplicate or match - [verb of stative]

Samples where parallel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse

Synonyms for parallel in the sense of this definition

(parallel is a kind of ...) be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

"The two stories don't agree in many details" "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check" "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

Definition 7: being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where parallel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(parallel is similar to ...) (especially of vectors) parallel but oppositely directed

"antiparallel vectors"

(parallel is similar to ...) situated or running side by side

"collateral ridges of mountains"

(parallel is similar to ...) (of lines, planes, or surfaces) never meeting or crossing

(means also ...) able to be compared or worthy of comparison

(means also ...) having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts

Definition 8: of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where parallel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • parallel processing

(parallel is similar to ...) occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase

"recovery was synchronous with therapy" "a synchronous set of clocks" "the synchronous action of a bird's wings in flight" "synchronous oscillations"

(parallel belongs to category ...) the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

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