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noun [countable]     parallel pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a way in which separate things or people are similar to each other
    parallel between:

    There are many parallels between the two attacks.

    parallel with:

    The parallels with developments in the software industry are clear for all to see.

    1. a.
      someone or something that is similar to another person or thing

      This attempt at welfare reform has parallels in several other countries.

      no parallel:

      There is no parallel in modern history for the military superiority the United States currently has.

      without parallel:

      Woods is a golfer without parallel (=no one is better) in terms of talent.

  2. 2
    a comparison between things
    draw a parallel with/between:

    A number of books at that time tried to draw parallels between brains and computers.

  3. 3
    an imaginary line around the Earth at a fixed distance from the equator

    The 49th parallel marks part of the boundary between the United States and Canada.



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