parallel Definition

  • 1two or more lines, paths, etc. that are parallel to each other are the same distance apart at every point
  • 2similar and happening at the same time
  • 3to be similar to something or match it in some way

Using parallel: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "parallel" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The road runs parallel to the river.

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    The two stories have parallel themes.

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    The company's strategy is parallel to its competitors.

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    The two events are parallel to each other.

parallel Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with parallel

  • to compare two things or situations


    Some people draw a parallel between the current situation and the Great Depression.

  • a hypothetical self-contained reality coexisting with one's own


    In a parallel universe, humans might have evolved from a different species.

  • a piece of gymnastics equipment used by men consisting of two horizontal bars parallel to each other


    He performed a series of complex moves on the parallel bars.

Origins of parallel

from Greek 'para' meaning 'beside' + 'allelos' meaning 'each other'


Summary: parallel in Brief

The term 'parallel' [ˈpærəlel] refers to two or more lines, paths, or situations that are equidistant or similar to each other. It can be used as an adjective, verb, or noun, as in 'The road runs parallel to the river,' 'The company's strategy is parallel to its competitors,' and 'The two events are parallel to each other.' 'Parallel' also extends into phrases like 'draw a parallel,' and technical terms like 'parallel bars,' used in gymnastics.

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