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parallel

adjective
 
 
/ˈpærəlel/
ECONOMICS, COMMERCE used to describe products that are bought in one country in an unofficial way and then sold more cheaply than usual in a different country: Brandowners are not entirely opposed to parallel trade. The government has adopted a labelling policy which requires distributors of parallel goods to label the origins of the goods. →  Compare grey
IT involving two or more computer processes happening at one time: Groups of workstations act in parallel. →  Compare serial
→  See also parallel import , parallel processing
Translations of “parallel”
in Korean 평행하는…
in Arabic مُتَوازٍ…
in French parallèle (à), similaire…
in Turkish paralel, benzer, aynı anda olan…
in Italian parallelo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 位置, 平行的…
in Russian параллельный, аналогичный…
in Polish równoległy, analogiczny…
in Spanish paralelo (a), paralelo, análogo…
in Portuguese paralelo…
in German parallel, entsprechend…
in Catalan paral·lel…
in Japanese 平行した…
in Chinese (Simplified) 位置, 平行的…
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