Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “parallel”

parallel

adjective uk   /ˈpær.ə.lel/ us    /ˈper-/

parallel adjective (POSITION)

If two or more lines, streets, etc. are parallel, the distance between them is the same all along their length: Draw a pair of parallel lines. Hills Road is parallel to Mill Road.

parallel adjective (SIMILAR)

C2 describes an event or situation that happens at the same time as and/or is similar to another one: a parallel example Parallel experiments are being conducted in Rome, Paris and London.

parallel

noun uk   /ˈpær.ə.lel/ us    /ˈper-/

parallel noun (SIMILARITY)

C2 [C] something very similar to something else, or a similarity between two things: I'm trying to see if there are any obvious parallels between the two cases. It would be easy to draw (= make) a parallel between the city's history and that of its theatres. have no parallel (also be without parallel) If something has no parallel or is without parallel, there is nothing similar to it or of the same high quality as it: These beautiful African churches have no parallel in Europe.

parallel noun (POSITION)

parallel (line) a line that is always at the same distance from another line one of a number of imaginary lines around the Earth always at the same distance from the equator: Cambridge lies near the 52nd parallel. in parallel specialized If two or more parts of an electrical system are in parallel, they are arranged in a way that means they both receive the same amount of electricity.

parallel

verb [T] uk   /ˈpær.ə.lel/ us    /ˈper-/
to happen at the same time as something else, or be similar or equal to something else: The events of the last ten days in some ways parallel those before the 1978 election.
Compare

parallel

adverb uk   /ˈpær.ə.lel/ us    /ˈper-/
in a position that is always the same distance from something else: It's a quiet street running (= positioned) parallel to the main road.
(Definition of parallel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of parallel?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “parallel” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More