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Definition of "parallel" []

  • Being an equal distance apart everywhere: dancers in two parallel rows. See Usage Note at absolute. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Of, relating to, or designating two or more straight coplanar lines that do not intersect. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Of, relating to, or designating two or more planes that do not intersect. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Of, relating to, or designating a line and a plane that do not intersect. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Of, relating to, or designating curves or surfaces everywhere equidistant. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "parallel" in a sentence
  • "Reaching out to suppliers to do development products in parallel is more common these days."
  • "Like Ralmon, reading two science fiction books in parallel is out of the question."
  • "ND: With this program, we wanted to give what I call the parallel music universe a chance to be recognized by MTV."