Definitions

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.
  • 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

Etymologies

Ultimately from Greek parabol─ô, comparison; see parable. Sense 2, from parabola.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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