Parallel vs Xiphihumeralis - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between parallel and xiphihumeralis

is that parallel is one of a set of parallel lines while xiphihumeralis is a long, flat strip of pectoral muscle comprising a band of parallel fibres, found in felines.

As an adjective parallel

is equally distant from one another at all points.

As an adverb parallel

is with a parallel relationship.

As a verb parallel

is to construct or place something parallel to something else.



  • 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






  • A long, flat strip of pectoral muscle comprising a band of parallel fibres, found in felines.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , passage=The tendon of the xiphihumeralis is also connected with its inner surface near its insertion. , page=147 , title=Anatomy of the cat (2nd edition) , author=Jacob Ellsworth Reighard, Herbert Spencer Jennings , publisher=H. Holt and Company , year=1901}}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , passage=The xiphihumeralis' muscle (M. '''xiphihumeralis''') is the fourth muscle [sic] the pectoralis group. It ''originates'' from the xiphoid process of the sternum and ''inserts'' on the humerus (hence the name ' xiphihumeralis ). , page=144 , title=Laboratory manual for comparative veterinary anatomy and physiology , author=Phillip E. Cochran , publisher=Cengage Learning , year=2003 , isbn=0766861856}}