Parallel vs Proverb - What's the difference?

parallel | proverb |

As nouns the difference between parallel and proverb

is that parallel is one of a set of parallel lines while proverb is a phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.

As verbs the difference between parallel and proverb

is that parallel is to construct or place something parallel to something else while proverb is to write or utter proverbs.

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)
  • A phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.
  • A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable.
  • * Bible, John xvi. 29
  • His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb .
  • A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 37
  • Thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb , and a by word, among all nations.
  • A drama exemplifying a proverb.
  • Synonyms

    * (phrase expressing a basic truth) adage, apothegm, byword, maxim, paroemia, saw, saying, sententia * See also

    Derived terms

    * proverbial * proverbiology * proverbs hunt in pairs


    (en verb)
  • To write or utter proverbs.
  • To name in, or as, a proverb.
  • * 1671 , John Milton, Samson Agonistes , lines 203-205:
  • Am I not sung and proverbed for a fool / In every street, do they not say, "How well / Are come upon him his deserts?"
  • To provide with a proverb.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase.
    (Webster 1913)

    See also

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