|Noun||1.||parallel port - an interface between a computer and a printer where the computer sends multiple bits of information to the printer simultaneously|
Synonyms: parallel interface
|(hardware)||parallel port - An interface from a computer system where data is
transferred in or out in parallel, that is, on more than one
wire. A parallel port carries one bit on each wire thus
multiplying the transfer rate obtainable over a single wire.
There will usually be some control signals on the port as well
to say when data is ready to be sent or received.|
The commonest kind of parallel port is a printer port, e.g. a Centronics port which transfers eight bits at a time. Disks are also connected via special parallel ports, e.g. SCSI or IDE.