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Parallel \Par"al*lel\, a. [F. parall[`e]le, L. parallelus, fr. Gr. ?; para` beside + ? of one another, fr. ? other, akin to L. alius. See Alien.]

  1. (Geom.) Extended in the same direction, and in all parts equally distant; as, parallel lines; parallel planes.

    Revolutions . . . parallel to the equinoctial.

    Note: Curved lines or curved planes are said to be parallel when they are in all parts equally distant.

  2. Having the same direction or tendency; running side by side; being in accordance (with); tending to the same result; -- used with to and with.

    When honor runs parallel with the laws of God and our country, it can not be too much cherished.

  3. Continuing a resemblance through many particulars; applicable in all essential parts; like; similar; as, a parallel case; a parallel passage. --Addison. Parallel bar.

    1. (Steam Eng.) A rod in a parallel motion which is parallel with the working beam.

    2. One of a pair of bars raised about five feet above the floor or ground, and parallel to each other, -- used for gymnastic exercises. Parallel circles of a sphere, those circles of the sphere whose planes are parallel to each other. Parallel columns, or Parallels (Printing), two or more passages of reading matter printed side by side, for the purpose of emphasizing the similarity or discrepancy between them. Parallel forces (Mech.), forces which act in directions parallel to each other. Parallel motion.

      1. (Mach.) A jointed system of links, rods, or bars, by which the motion of a reciprocating piece, as a piston rod, may be guided, either approximately or exactly in a straight line.

      2. (Mus.) The ascending or descending of two or more parts at fixed intervals, as thirds or sixths.

        Parallel rod (Locomotive Eng.), a metal rod that connects the crank pins of two or more driving wheels; -- called also couping rod, in distinction from the connecting rod. See Illust. of Locomotive, in App. -- Parallel ruler, an instrument for drawing parallel lines, so constructed as to have the successive positions of the ruling edge parallel to each other; also, one consisting of two movable parts, the opposite edges of which are always parallel.

        Parallel sailing (Naut.), sailing on a parallel of latitude.

        Parallel sphere (Astron. & Geog.), that position of the sphere in which the circles of daily motion are parallel to the horizon, as to an observer at either pole.

        Parallel vise, a vise having jaws so guided as to remain parallel in all positions.


n. (plural of parallel English)

Parallels (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

"Parallels" is the 11th episode of the seventh season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 163rd overall. It was originally released on November 29, 1993, in broadcast syndication. The episode was written by Brannon Braga, and directed by Robert Wiemer. Executive producer Jeri Taylor wrote the final scene of the episode, but was uncredited.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise. In this episode, Lt. Worf ( Michael Dorn) returns from a bat'leth tournament and slowly discovers that he is being moved across parallel universes. The crew of an alternative Enterprise realise what is happening and seek to return him to his own reality, but, after an attack by a Bajoran ship, a space-time fissure explodes, causing hundreds of thousands of alternative versions of the Enterprise to enter the same universe. After Worf reverses the course through the fissure, he and all the versions of the Enterprise are returned to their respective universes.

Braga intended to focus the "Parallels" on Jean-Luc Picard ( Patrick Stewart), but this was changed to Worf. The change was made in order to make the differences more obvious across the timelines, as Braga worried that Picard's relationships could not significantly differ across near-universes. The producers were concerned with the confusing nature of the initial proposal, but felt that further changes greatly improved it. Wil Wheaton appeared as Wesley Crusher, replacing the initial plan to include Tasha Yar, after Braga was concerned about copying " Yesterday's Enterprise". "Parallels" received Nielsen ratings of 12.8 percent, one of the highest for the season, but some fans were upset at a Worf/ Deanna Troi romance. Critics responded favorably to the episode, with praise directed at both Dorn and Marina Sirtis.

Parallels (solitaire)

Parallels is a solitaire card game which is played with two decks of playing cards. It is so called because the cards are lined up in rows parallel to each other.

Parallels (engineering)

Parallels are rectangular blocks of metal, commonly made from tool steel, stainless steel or cast iron, which have 2, 4 or 6 faces ground or lapped to a precise surface finish. They are used when machining with a mill, drill or any other machining operation that requires work to be held in a vise or with clamps - to keep work parallel or raised evenly such as in a milling vise to give adequate height for the cutting tool/spindle to pass over.

Parallels (band)

Parallels is a synthpop trio from Toronto, Canada. The band consists of Holly Dodson (vocalist, composer, producer), Nick Dodson (drums) and Artem Galperine (synths).

Parallels (film)

Parallels is a 2015 American science-fiction adventure film, originally conceived as a television pilot, derived from a story by Christopher Leone and Laura Harkcom. Mark Hapka, Jessica Rothe, Eric Jungmann, and Constance Wu star as people who are thrown into alternate Earths that range from subtly different to post-apocalyptic. It was released in March 2015 on the Netflix streaming service.

Parallels (company)

Parallels is a privately held virtualization technology company with offices in 15 countries, including the USA, Germany, UK, France, Japan, China, Russia, Australia and Ukraine. Parallels headquarters is in Renton, Washington. The company has more than 1000 employees as of 2015.

Parallels, Inc. was an SWsoft company until January 2008; each company operated as a separate entity and maintained its own distinct branding. In December 2007, Parallels parent company SWsoft announced its plans to change its name to Parallels and ship both companies' products under the Parallels name. The merger was formalized in January 2008. Parallels has development centers in Moscow and Novosibirsk.

Parallels acquired 2X Software in February 2015. In March 2015 Parallels rebranded their service provider business unit to Odin. In December 2015 Parallels sold its Odin Service Automation Platform to Ingram Micro.

In 2016, Virtuozzo and Plesk were spun out from Parallels to became separate companies.


Parallels may refer to:

  • Circle of latitude (often called parallels), imaginary east-west circles connecting all locations that share a given latitude
  • "Parallels", the third track from the 1977 Yes album Going for the One
  • Parallels (2015 film) an American science-fiction adventure film.
  • Parallels (album), the sixth album by progressive metal band Fates Warning
  • Parallels (band), a Canadian synth-pop trio consisting of Holly Dodson, Nick Dodson and Artem Galperine
  • Parallels (engineering), rectangular blocks of metal used when machining requires work to be held in a vise or with clamps
  • Parallels (solitaire), a solitaire card game which is played with two decks of playing cards
  • "Parallels" (song), the fourth single from alternative rock band, In Case of Fire's debut album Align the Planets
  • "Parallels" (Star Trek: The Next Generation), an episode from the seventh season of Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Parallels (company), a privately held virtualization technology company
    • Parallels Desktop for Mac, software providing hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors
    • Parallels Server for Mac, a server virtualization product built for the Mac OS X Server platform
    • Parallels Workstation, the first commercial software product released by Parallels, Inc.
Parallels (album)

Parallels is the sixth studio album by progressive metal band Fates Warning, released on October 29, 1991 through Metal Blade Records. The album reached No. 20 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart.

James LaBrie performs harmony vocals on the song "Life in Still Water" due to Ray Alder having to leave Toronto and not having time to finish with the backing vocals. Producer Terry Brown came up with the idea of bringing in LaBrie, as he had just joined Dream Theater and had a similar style. On March 16, 2010 a special edition of Parallels was released through Metal Blade. This included a remaster of the original album, a bonus disc of live and demo tracks, as well as a DVD.

Usage examples of "parallels".

It has its closest parallels in the Mandaean writings, the oldest strata of whose traditions go back to the time of primitive Christianity.

It is, indeed, undeniable that there are close parallels between the forms of language used to express these ideas by the troubadours and the Sufis.

And are there any parallels between this ritual and those commonly associated with the paganism of that day?

The Tantric hymns to the Goddess offer some of the most provocative parallels to the Song of Songs.

As we have seen, there are remarkably clear parallels between the life of Jesus and the story of Osiris.

Indeed, there are close parallels between the description of baptism as given by Paul and that of the Osiran mystery schools.

There are also exact and striking parallels with other systems that we have discussed.

It is there that we have found the closest parallels with the ideas and actions of Jesus, and, significantly, the Mandaeans themselves trace their ancestry back to Egypt.

For the many parallels between the Song of Songs and sacred marriage texts, see Pope,Song of Songs .

Platonic dialogue to attack philosophers, parallels the satyric release from constraining social conventions.

It is apparent in performed works such as Old Comedy, where the correlation of heroic fantasies and civic problems parallels the actual presence of an audience and the judgment of its representatives on the dramatic contest.

Hardly innocent victims themselves, their lack of national identity parallels their freedom from the quests for money and power that are characteristics of both national and individual competition.

The conflict of French and Persian customs parallels the conflict of Christian and Moslem beliefs, and neither national nor religious claims fare well in the encounter.

In either case, the imposition of a necessarily false order parallels the essential separations that define exile.

Like Dol, her identity is determined by her sexual attractions, for the sake of which men project their illusions onto her, hence giving her a satirically appropriate disguise, for sexuality parallels alchemy insofar as it involves the projection of aggressive desire.