Parallel straight lines

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in Euclidean geometry

Lines that lie in one plane and that do not intersect. In absolute geometry there passes through a point not lying on a given line at least one line that does not intersect the given one. In Euclidean geometry there is only one such line. This fact is equivalent to Euclid's fifth postulate (on parallels). In Lobachevskii geometry in the plane there pass through a point (see Fig.) outside a given line infinitely-many lines that do not intersect . Of these only two are called parallel to . A line is said to be parallel to in the direction from to if: 1) and lie on the same side of ; 2) does not intersect ; and 3) every ray within the angle intersects the line . The line parallel to in the direction from to is defined similarly.

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[a1] H.S.M. Coxeter, "Parallel lines" Canad. Math. Bulletin , 21 : 4 (1978) pp. 385–397
[a2] M. Greenberg, "Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries" , Freeman (1974)
[a3] D. Hilbert, "Grundlagen der Geometrie" , Teubner, reprint (1968)
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