Parallel vs Par - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between parallel and par

is that parallel is one of a set of parallel lines while par is equal value; equality of nominal and actual value; the value expressed on the face or in the words of a certificate of value, as a bond or other commercial paper.

As verbs the difference between parallel and par

is that parallel is to construct something parallel to something else while par is (golf) to reach the hole in the allotted number of strokes.

As a adjective parallel

is equally distant from one another at all points.

As a adverb parallel

is with a parallel relationship.

As a preposition par is

by; with.

parallel

Adjective

(-)
  • 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

    Antonyms

    * perpendicular, skew, serial

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • 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

    See also

    * sequential

    References

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    par

    English

    Etymology 1

    Abbreviation.

    Abbreviation

    (Abbreviation) (head)
  • paragraph
  • parallel
  • parenthesis
  • parish
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .

    Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • By; with.
  • Usage notes
    * Used frequently in Middle English in phrases taken from French, being sometimes written as a part of the word which it governs; as, par amour, or paramour; par cas, or parcase; par fay, or parfay.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Equal value; equality of nominal and actual value; the value expressed on the face or in the words of a certificate of value, as a bond or other commercial paper.
  • Equality of condition or circumstances.
  • (golf, mostly uncountable) The allotted number of strokes to reach the hole.
  • He needs to make this shot for par .
  • (golf, countable) A hole in which a player achieves par
  • * {{quote-news, 2009, January 18, , Paul Casey storms to four-stroke lead in Abu Dhabi, Herald Sun citation
  • , passage=Kaymer started with six straight pars before making a birdie on the seventh and an eagle on the eighth. }}
    Derived terms
    * below par * on par, on a par * par for the course * under par * up to par

    Verb

    (parr)
  • (golf) To reach the hole in the allotted number of strokes.
  • He will need to par every hole in order to win this game.

    Etymology 3

    Compare (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Young salmon. (also spelled parr)
  • Anagrams

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