from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or similar to a parable.
- adj. Of or having the form of a parabola or paraboloid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or pertaining to, or in the shape of a parabola or paraboloid
- adj. Of or pertaining to a parable
- n. A parabolic function, equation etc
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having the form of a parabola
- adj. resembling or expressed by parables
Ultimately from Greek parabolē, comparison; see parable. Sense 2, from parabola.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)