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pae r lel
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: lying or moving in the same direction and being the same distance apart at every point. Parallel lines never meet or cross each other.
Your notebook paper has parallel lines.The floor and ceiling are parallel to each other.
similar words:
even, side by side
definition 2: alike in certain ways; similar.
We live in different countries but have parallel interests.
similar words:
allied, like, similar, twin
part of speech: noun
definition 1: any of the imaginary lines that circle the earth in the same direction as the equator. Parallels mark degrees of latitude.
The forty-ninth parallel of north latitude forms part of the U.S. border with Canada.
similar words:
coordinate, latitude
definition 2: a feature of one thing that is similar to that in something else.
Do you see any parallels between the lives of these two women?
similar words:
part of speech: verb
inflections: parallels, paralleling, paralleled
definition: to be or move on a course similar to.
This street parallels the highway.Her life paralleled her mother's in many ways.
derivation: paralleled (adj.)
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The word parallel contains the following part:
para- Greek prefix that means beside, alongside