Definition of 'parallel'

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Example sentences containing 'parallel'

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There is some fun to be had in drawing contemporary parallels. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Knight draws a historical parallel to the discovery of essential nutrients. Smithsonian Mag (2017)But while this uplifting story was taking place, a parallel one was unfolding. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They spend little time together and often lead parallel lives. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Yet the parallels between the references do not stop there. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)Some parallels make more sense than others. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)You could be forgiven for thinking we have two parallel economic universes. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The parallel between an experience with food and feeding and an interpersonal interaction was clearly established. Bloom, Carol & Gitter, Andrea (contributor) & Gutwill, Susan (contributor) & Kogel, Laura (contributor) & Zaphiropoulos, Lela (contributor) Eating Problems: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Model (1994)The parallels are too close for comfort. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The new budget line is parallel to the old budget line. Miller, Roger LeRoy & Fishe, Raymond P. H. Microeconomics: Price Theory in Practice (1995)There is already one clear parallel between them. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Of course the parallels cannot be exact. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Individual governments are working along parallel lines. Tom Cannon Basic Marketing. Principles and Practice (1986)Does that gesture make the parallel more persuasive or less? The Times Literary Supplement (2011)There were now two parallel strands in her life. Paul Preston DOVES OF WAR: Four Women of Spain (2002)The real world is very different from his parallel universe. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Fill from the garage excavation formed another bank parallel to the pool but higher up on the hillside. Eddison, Sydney A Patchwork Garden: Unexpected Pleasures from a Country Garden (1990)No more holding your finger on one page while you try to find the parallel in another book on your desk. Christianity Today (2000)Some are scriptural references or parallels. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)There is a parallel with financial services, he says. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There were those who blamed the administration for crossing the 38th parallel. Grenville, J. A. S. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)Similarly, drawing parallels on change versus experience is almost as pointless. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Those details apart, the parallels were uncanny. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It also isn't entirely believable that two best friends should go through parallel experiences at exactly the same time. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There are parallel financial considerations. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The 38th parallel was crossed in early October. Jenkins, Roy Truman (1986)

Synonyms of 'parallel'

correspond to, compare with, agree with, complement
match, equal, duplicate, keep pace (with)
equidistant, alongside, aligned, side by side

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Translations for 'parallel'

British English: parallel /ˈpærəˌlɛl/ ADJECTIVE
events Parallel events or situations happen at the same time as one another, or are similar to one another.
...parallel talks between the two countries' Foreign Ministers.
  • American English: parallel
  • Arabic: مُتَوَازِيّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: paralelo
  • Chinese: 平行的
  • Croatian: paralelan
  • Czech: rovnoběžný
  • Danish: parallel
  • Dutch: parallel
  • European Spanish: paralelo
  • Finnish: rinnakkainen
  • French: parallèle
  • German: parallel
  • Greek: παράλληλος
  • Italian: parallelo
  • Japanese: 平行の
  • Korean: 평행인
  • Norwegian: parallell
  • Polish: równoległy
  • European Portuguese: paralelo
  • Romanian: paralel
  • Russian: параллельный
  • Spanish: paralelo
  • Swedish: parallell
  • Thai: ขนาน
  • Turkish: paralel
  • Ukrainian: паралельний
  • Vietnamese: song song
British English: parallel NOUN
If something has a parallel, it is similar to something else, but exists or happens in a different place or at a different time. If it has no parallel or is without parallel, it is not similar to anything else.
Readers familiar with history will find a vague parallel to the war.
British English: parallel VERB
If one thing parallels another, they happen at the same time or are similar, and often seem to be connected.
Often there are emotional reasons paralleling the financial ones.
  • American English: parallel
  • Brazilian Portuguese: estar em paralelo com algo
  • Chinese: > 与...类似存在或发生在不同地点或不同时间的
  • European Spanish: ser paralelo
  • French: correspondre à
  • German: parallel laufen zu
  • Italian: affiancarsi a
  • Japanese: 同時に起きる
  • Korean: 필적하다
  • European Portuguese: estar em paralelo com algo
  • Spanish: ir en paralelo
British English: parallel ADJECTIVE
lines If two lines, two objects, or two lines of movement are parallel, they are the same distance apart along their whole length.
...seventy-two ships, drawn up in two parallel lines.


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