# Parallel vs Direct - What's the difference?

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## As adjectives the difference between parallel and direct

is that parallel is equally distant from one another at all points while direct is straight, constant, without interruption.

## As adverbs the difference between parallel and direct

is that parallel is with a parallel relationship while direct is directly.

## As verbs the difference between parallel and direct

is that parallel is to construct or place something parallel to something else while direct is to manage, control, steer.

## As a noun parallel

is one of a set of parallel lines.

# parallel

## English

(wikipedia parallel)

(-)
• 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 .
• 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

#### Antonyms

* perpendicular, skew, serial

• With a parallel relationship.
• The road runs parallel with the canal.

### Noun

(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 (?)

### Verb

• 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

* sequential

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# direct

## English

(er)
• Straight, constant, without interruption.
• Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end.
• the most direct route between two buildings
• Straightforward; sincere.
• * Shakespeare
• Be even and direct with me.
• Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
• * John Locke
• He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
• * Hallam
• a direct and avowed interference with elections
• In the line of descent; not collateral.
• a descendant in the direct line
• (astronomy) In the direction of the general planetary motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs; not retrograde; said of the motion of a celestial body.

* indirect

#### Derived terms

* direct action * direct current * direct flight * direct initiative * direct object * direct quote

• Directly.
• * 2009 , Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall , Fourth Estate 2010, p. 346:
• Presumably Mary is to carry messages that she, Anne, is too delicate to convey direct .

### Verb

(en verb)
• To manage, control, steer.
• to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army
• To aim (something) at (something else).
• They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.
He directed his question to the room in general.
• To point out or show to (somebody) the right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way.
• He directed me to the left-hand road.
• * Lubbock
• the next points to which I will direct your attention
• To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order.
• She directed them to leave immediately.
• * Shakespeare
• I'll first direct my men what they shall do.
• (dated) To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent.
• to direct a letter

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