Parallel vs Angled - What's the difference?

parallel | angled |

As verbs the difference between parallel and angled

is that parallel is to construct or place something parallel to something else while angled is (angle).

As an adjective parallel

is equally distant from one another at all points.

As an adverb parallel

is with a parallel relationship.

As a noun parallel

is one of a set of parallel lines.



  • 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






  • (angle)
  • Anagrams

    * *



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) angle, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (senseid)(geometry) A figure formed by two rays which start from a common point (a plane angle) or by three planes that intersect (a solid angle).
  • (senseid)(geometry) The measure of such a figure. In the case of a plane angle, this is the ratio (or proportional to the ratio) of the arc length to the radius of a section of a circle cut by the two rays, centered at their common point. In the case of a solid angle, this is the ratio of the surface area to the square of the radius of the section of a sphere.
  • A corner where two walls intersect.
  • A change in direction.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Fenella Saunders, magazine=(American Scientist)
  • , title= Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture , passage=The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles , increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.}}
  • (senseid) A viewpoint; a way of looking at something.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-01
  • , author=Katie L. Burke, volume=101, issue=1, page=64, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Ecological Dependency , passage=In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature , David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle : the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.”}}
  • * 2005 , Adams Media, Adams Job Interview Almanac (page 299)
  • For example, if I was trying to repitch an idea to a producer who had already turned it down, I would say something like, "I remember you said you didn't like my idea because there was no women's angle . Well, here's a great one that both of us must have missed during our first conversation."
  • (media) The focus of a news story.
  • (slang, professional wrestling) A storyline between two wrestlers, providing the background for and approach to a feud.
  • (slang) A scheme; a means of benefitting from a situation, usually hidden, possibly illegal.
  • A projecting or sharp corner; an angular fragment.
  • * Dryden
  • though but an angle reached him of the stone
  • (astrology) Any of the four cardinal points of an astrological chart: the Ascendant, the Midheaven, the Descendant and the Imum Coeli.
  • Synonyms
    * (corner) corner * (change in direction) swerve * (vertex) -gon (as per hexagon) * (viewpoint) opinion, perspective, point of view, slant, view, viewpoint
    Derived terms
    * acute angle * acute-angled * angle quote * angle bracket * central angle * complementary angle * dihedral angle * exterior angle * interior angle * oblique angle * obtuse-angled * opposite angle * pentangle * plane angle * play the angles * quadrangle * rectangle * right angle * round angle * solid angle * straight angle * supplementary angle * triangle * vertical angle
    See also
    * arcminute * arcsecond * degree * gradian * radian


  • (often in the passive) To place (something) at an angle.
  • The roof is angled at 15 degrees.
  • (informal) To change direction rapidly.
  • The five ball angled off the nine ball but failed to reach the pocket.
  • (informal) To present or argue something in a particular way or from a particular viewpoint.
  • How do you want to angle this when we talk to the client?
  • (snooker) To leave the cue ball in the jaws of a pocket such that the surround of the pocket (the "angle") blocks the path from cue ball to object ball.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


  • To try to catch fish with a hook and line.
  • (informal) (with for ) To attempt to subtly persuade someone to offer a desired thing.
  • He must be angling for a pay rise.
    Derived terms
    * *


    (en noun)
  • A fishhook; tackle for catching fish, consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a rod.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Give me mine angle : we'll to the river there.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • A fisher next his trembling angle bears.


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