Definition for PAR'AL-LEL

PAR'AL-LEL, a. [Gr. παραλληλος; παρα, against or opposite, and αλληλων, one the other.]

  1. In geometry, extended in the same direction, and in all parts equally distant. One body or line is parallel to another, when the surfaces of the bodies or the lines are at an equal distance throughout the whole length.
  2. Having the same direction or tendency; running in accordance with something. When honor runs parallel with the laws of God and our country, it can not be too much cherished. – Addison.
  3. Continuing a resemblance through many particulars; like; equal in all essential parts; as, a parallel case; a parallel passage in the evangelists. – Watts.

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