# conic

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

• n. A conic section.

• n. A conic section.

### from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• adj. Having the form of, or resembling, a geometrical cone; round and tapering to a point, or gradually lessening in circumference.
• adj. Of or pertaining to a cone.
• n. A conic section.

### from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

• Having the form of a cone; circular at the base and tapering to a point; conical.
• Specifically, in mathematics, of or pertaining to a cone: as, conic sections.
• n. A conic section (which see, under I.); a plane curve of the second order and second class, or the equation to such a curve.
• n. plural See conics.

• adj. relating to or resembling a cone
• n. (geometry) a curve generated by the intersection of a plane and a circular cone

## Etymologies

New Latin cōnicus, from Greek kōnikos, from kōnos, cone; see kō- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κωνικός (konikos) (Wiktionary)

## Examples

• The curve which represents with perfect fidelity the movements of a planet in its revolution around the sun belongs to that well-known group of curves which mathematicians describe as the conic sections.

The Story of the Heavens

• The intersection of a plane with this object forms an important set of two dimensional curves, called the conic sections.

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• As a math teacher, I find it difficult each year to teach certain topics such as conic sections that have very little practical use, but must be covered because the “test makers” determine them to be part of the core curriculum.

Obama Wants to Pay Teachers What They’re Worth - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

• You probably feel at times like a chord of a conic section that passes through a focus and is parallel to the directrix, but know for certain that the phonemic differences between allormorphs of the same morpheme is supported by the idea that the quantitative measurement of many characters to the determination of taxa and to the construction of diagrams indicating systematic changes can make or break us.

Trisomy

• Apollonius of Perga was a Greek geometer and astronomer noted for his writings on conic sections.

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• Chicago already played host to another oversize work created by Mr. Johnson: a 25-foot rendering of Grant Wood's—wait for it— i conic "American Gothic."

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• I really didn't know about the safety rule2009, but, for some extrange reason Buenos Aires and Lima use the same conic idea of fun.

Chris Burden's Urban Light (link roundup)

• “Emma,” Nima said, “the answer to your conic geometry question—which is my specialty—is ninety times pi.”

Times Squared

• Native evergreen trees growing to 75-100 meters tall, the crown conic, becoming round or straggly with age, branches dropping, twigs mostly opposite.

Grand fir

• If one were seeking a more truthful observation of reality, it would be much more appropriate to paraphrase Ms Rice's neo-conic cant to state "Unless you want another terrorist attack in the US, abandon the policies of empire and hegemonic military dominance that breed exasperation, hopelessness and fanatical hatred of the US policy of global intervention."

Condi Rice Talks More Shite

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