Definition of parallelism in English:


Line breaks: par¦al¦lel|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈparəlɛlɪzəm


[mass noun]
  • 1The state of being parallel or of corresponding in some way: Greek thinkers who believed in the parallelism of microcosm and macrocosm
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    • Elsewhere, Kothari instructs the spectator to ‘look for the symmetrical reduplication and repetitive parallelism of dance patterns’.
    • Such parallelism can be both literary and historical; the two are not mutually exclusive.
    • Chris Baldick finds interesting parallelisms to this concept of defamiliarization in both Romantic poetry and in Brecht's theatre.
  • 1.1The use of successive verbal constructions in poetry or prose which correspond in grammatical structure, sound, metre, meaning, etc.: parallelism suggests a connection of meaning through an echo of form [count noun]: the parallelisms are reinforced by frequent alliteration
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    • In Psalms, to which St John the Baptist alludes, the trope of the ‘bridegroom’ occurs in a series of parallelisms, balanced by an explicitly competitive image.
    • Aside from the Yiddish / Hebrew parallelisms, Gordin's text sometimes uses two consecutive adjectives that basically have the same meaning, in order to double their effect.
    • An analysis of this speech reveals that the student used varied repetition strategies, including anaphora, antithesis, chiasmus, and parallelism.
  • 1.2 Computing The use of parallel processing: massive parallelism gives neural networks a high degree of fault tolerance
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    • Supercomputing is, almost exclusively, parallel computing, in which parallelism is available at all hardware and software levels of the system and in all dimensions of the system.
    • To begin with, it is based on a grid architecture that uses a shared-nothing distributed approach and deploys performance features such as multi-threading, pipeline parallelism and partitioning.
    • Thus, continued improvement in supercomputer performance at current rates will require a massive increase in parallelism, requiring significant research progress in algorithms and software.



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  • He published a Book of Mormon reformatted to reveal poetic and parallelistic structures a number of years ago.
  • The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to a hitherto generally unobserved feature of the parallelistic couplet in Hebrew poetry, a feature which may offer a point of departure for a revised perception of the nature of the parallelistic couplet as such.

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