par·​al·​lel·​ism | \ ˈper-ə-ˌle-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce parallelism (audio) , -lə-ˌli-, ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of parallelism

1 : the quality or state of being parallel the parallelism of architectural figures
2 : resemblance, correspondence parallelism between obesity and hypertension— H. M. Marvin
3 : repeated syntactical similarities introduced for rhetorical effect biblical poetry relies largely on parallelism of lines— E. P. Sanders
4 : a theory that mind and matter accompany one another but are not causally related
5 : the independent development of similar traits or features (as of body structure or behavior) in different species or lineages that have common ancestry and that typically occupy similar environments or ecological niches : parallel evolution

Examples of parallelism in a Sentence

There is some degree of parallelism between the lives of the two women. There is a certain parallelism in the development of the two technologies.
Recent Examples on the Web As shown with Heron, systems can be linked together with classical parallelism using chip-to-chip links for multiple modules or extend the size of individual units with long range coupling. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Two of the most useful literary devices for creating persuasive appeal as a leader are parallelism in combination with triads. Dan Bullock, Quartz, 6 July 2021 To make supply chains resilient, multiple paths or parallelism should be deployed. Cyrus Hadavi, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Using parallelism helps others to mentally group information, while heightening their senses to predict your next statement. Dan Bullock, Quartz, 6 July 2021 There is a clear parallelism between Balak and events in the Book of Exodus. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 21 June 2021 Moving away from an electronic model of data storage and computation and toward one based on chemistry promises tremendous improvements in physical density, portability and data parallelism. Hyunjun Park, Forbes, 4 June 2021 This parallelism boosts overall computing brain power to process huge volumes of data to perform complex computational calculations, explained Devgan. Russ Banham, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 However, edge compute performance does bring decreases in costs and increases in parallelism, while deep learning brings increases in efficiency and more capabilities into the reach of commercial scenarios. Cyra Richardson, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of parallelism

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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par·​al·​lel·​ism | \ ˈpar-ə-ˌlel-ˌiz-əm, -ləl- How to pronounce parallelism (audio) \

Medical Definition of parallelism

: a philosophical or psychological doctrine that there is a one-to-one correspondence between events in the mind and events in the brain but that the two sets of events exist without interacting in a causal way

called also psychophysical parallelism

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