Definition for PAR'AL-LEL


  1. A line which throughout its whole extent is equidistant from another line; as, parallels of latitude. Who made the spider parallels design, / Sure as De Moivre without rule or line? – Pope.
  2. A line on the globe marking the latitude.
  3. Direction conformable to that of another line. – Garth.
  4. Conformity continued through many particulars or in all essential points; resemblance; likeness. 'Twixt earthly females and the moon, / All parallels exactly run. – Swift.
  5. Comparison made; as, to draw a parallel between two characters. – Addison.
  6. Any thing equal to or resembling another in all essential particulars. None but thyself can be thy parallel. – Pope.

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