Parallel vs Accord - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between parallel and accord

is that parallel is one of a set of parallel lines while accord is agreement or concurrence of opinion, will, or action.

As verbs the difference between parallel and accord

is that parallel is to construct or place something parallel to something else while accord is (lb) to make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another; to adjust.

As an adjective parallel

is equally distant from one another at all points.

As an adverb parallel

is with a parallel relationship.



  • Equally distant from one another at all points.
  • The horizontal lines on my notebook paper are parallel .
  • * Hakluyt
  • revolutions parallel to the equinoctial
  • Having the same overall direction; the comparison is indicated with "to".
  • The railway line runs parallel to the road.
    The two railway lines are parallel .
  • * Addison
  • When honour runs parallel with the laws of God and our country, it cannot be too much cherished.
  • (hyperbolic geometry) said of a pair of lines:'' that they either do not intersect or they coincide Jos Leys — ''The hyperbolic chamber (paragraph 8)
  • (computing) Involving the processing of multiple tasks at the same time
  • a parallel algorithm


    * perpendicular, skew, serial


    (en adverb)
  • With a parallel relationship.
  • The road runs parallel with the canal.


    (en noun)
  • One of a set of parallel lines.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Who made the spider parallels design, / Sure as De Moivre, without rule or line?
  • Direction conformable to that of another line.
  • * Garth
  • lines that from their parallel decline
  • A line of latitude.
  • The 31st parallel passes through the center of my town.
  • An arrangement of electrical components such that a current flows along two or more paths; see in parallel.
  • Something identical or similar in essential respects.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • None but thyself can be thy parallel .
  • A comparison made; elaborate tracing of similarity.
  • Johnson's parallel between Dryden and Pope
  • (military) One of a series of long trenches constructed before a besieged fortress, by the besieging force, as a cover for troops supporting the attacking batteries. They are roughly parallel to the line of outer defenses of the fortress.
  • (printing) A character consisting of two parallel vertical lines, used in the text to direct attention to a similarly marked note in the margin or at the foot of a page.
  • Antonyms

    * perpendicular, skew (?)


  • To construct or place something parallel to something else.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • The needle doth parallel and place itself upon the true meridian.
  • Of a path etc: To be parallel to something else.
  • Of a process etc: To be analogous to something else.
  • To compare or liken something to something else.
  • To make to conform to something else in character, motive, aim, etc.
  • * Shakespeare
  • His life is parallelled / Even with the stroke and line of his great justice.
  • To equal; to match; to correspond to.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • To produce or adduce as a parallel.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My young remembrance cannot parallel / A fellow to it.
    (John Locke)

    Derived terms

    * embarrassingly parallel * forty-ninth parallel * parallel algorithm * parallel circuit * parallel computing * parallelism * parallelogram * parallel universe * unparalleled

    See also

    * sequential






    (en noun)
  • Agreement or concurrence of opinion, will, or action.
  • * 1769 ,
  • These all continued with one accord in prayer.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • a mediator of an accord and peace between them
  • A harmony in sound, pitch and tone; concord.
  • * 17th' ' century , "The Self-Subsistence of the Soul", ,
  • Those sweet accords are even the angels' lays.
  • Agreement or harmony of things in general.
  • the accord of light and shade in painting
  • (legal) An agreement between parties in controversy, by which satisfaction for an injury is stipulated, and which, when executed, prevents a lawsuit.
  • (Blackstone)
  • (international law) An international agreement.
  • The Geneva Accord of 1954 ended the French-Indochinese War.
  • (obsolete) Assent
  • Voluntary or spontaneous impulse to act.
  • Nobody told me to do it. I did it of my own accord .
  • * Bible, Leviticus xxv. 5
  • That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap.


    * (concurrence of opinion) consent, assent * (international agreement) treaty

    Derived terms

    * of its own accord, of one's own accord * with one accord


    (en verb)
  • (lb) To make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another; to adjust.
  • *1590 , (Philip Sidney), (w, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia) , p.150:
  • *:[H]er hands accorded the Lutes musicke to the voice;
  • (lb) To bring (people) to an agreement; to reconcile, settle, adjust or harmonize.
  • *, Book III:
  • *:But Satyrane forth stepping, did them stay / And with faire treatie pacifide their ire, / Then when they were accorded from the fray
  • *(Robert South) (1634–1716)
  • *:all which particulars, being confessedly knotty and difficult, can never be accorded but by a competent stock of critical learning
  • (lb) To agree or correspond; to be in harmony.
  • *1593 , (William Shakespeare), , III-i:
  • *:For things are often spoke and seldom meant; / But that my heart accordeth with my tongue,—
  • *1671 , (John Milton), (Paradise Regained) , :
  • *:[T]hy actions to thy words accord ;
  • *
  • *:Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers,. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
  • (lb) To agree in pitch and tone.
  • To grant as suitable or proper; to concede or award.
  • *1951 , United Nations' , article 14:
  • *:In respect of the protection of industrial property,a refugee shall be accorded' in the country in which he has his habitual residence the same protection as is ' accorded to nationals of that country.
  • To give consent.
  • To arrive at an agreement.
  • Derived terms

    * accord with * accordance * according * accordingly * accordment * defence accord ----