Definition of parallel:

part of speech: verb

To place or set so as to be parallel; to equal; to resemble; to compare.

part of speech: noun

A line which is equidistant from another line throughout its whole length; a line on the globe marking latitude; anything equal to another in all essentia] particulars; resemblance; a comparison made.

part of speech: adjective

Lying side by side, and having always an equal distance from one another; having the same direction; equal in all essential points; like; similar.

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