American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a parable; of the nature of a parable.
- Of or pertaining to parabole; of the nature of parabole.
- Having the form or outline of a. parabola; of, pertaining to, or resembling a parabola.
- Having only one point at infinity, or otherwise determined in character by the coalescence of two quantities.
- y = a + bx + cx + dx + ex + etc.
- A space in which the sum of the three angles of every triangle is equal to two right angles: so called because the two points at infinity on every straight line in such space coincide; also, every point in every plane in such a space is a point of no curvature, and is therefore a parabolic point.
- A parabola so approaching a curve that their distance apart becomes and remains less than any given distance, though never zero.
- n. A parabola or paraboloid.
- adj. Of, or pertaining to, or in the shape of a parabola or paraboloid
- adj. Of or pertaining to a parable
- n. mathematics A parabolic function, equation etc
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of the nature of a parable; expressed by a parable or figure; allegorical.
- adj. Having the form or nature of a parabola; pertaining to, or resembling, a parabola.
- adj. Having a form like that generated by the revolution of a parabola, or by a line that moves on a parabola as a directing curve.
- Ultimately from Greek parabolē, comparison; see parable. Sense 2, from parabola. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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