nonparallel onparallel adj. 1. not parallel; -- of lines or linear objects. Opposite of {parallel}. [Narrower terms: {bias, catacorner, cata-cornered, catercorner, cater-cornered, catty-corner, catty-cornered, diagonal, kitty-corner, kitty-cornered, oblique, skew, skewed, slanted ; {crossed, decussate, intersectant, intersecting}; {cross-grained ; {diagonal}; {orthogonal, orthographic, rectangular, right-angled ; {right, perpendicular}; {angled ; {convergent}] Also See: {convergent}, {divergent}, {diverging}. [WordNet 1.5]

2. (Computers) Not using parallel processing; -- of computers. [Narrower terms: {serial}] PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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