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# parabolic

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

• adjective Of or similar to a parable.
• adjective Of or having the form of a parabola or paraboloid.

### from The Century Dictionary.

• 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.
• Of or pertaining to a parable; of the nature of a parable.
• Of or pertaining to parabole; of the nature of parabole.
• A parabola so approaching a curve that their distance apart becomes and remains less than any given distance, though never zero.
• noun A parabola or paraboloid.

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

• adjective Of the nature of a parable; expressed by a parable or figure; allegorical.
• adjective Having the form or nature of a parabola; pertaining to, or resembling, a parabola.
• adjective 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.
• adjective a paraboloid; a conoid whose directing curve is a parabola. See Conoid.
• adjective (Opt.) a mirror having a paraboloidal surface which gives for parallel rays (as those from very distant objects) images free from aberration. It is used in reflecting telescopes.
• adjective the solid generated by revolving the portion of a parabola cut off by a line drawn at right angles to the axis of the curve, about that line as an axis.
• adjective a spiral curve conceived to be formed by the periphery of a semiparabola when its axis is wrapped about a circle; also, any other spiral curve having an analogy to the parabola.

• adjective Of, or pertaining to, or in the shape of a parabola or paraboloid
• adjective Of or pertaining to a parable
• noun mathematics A parabolic function, equation etc

• adjective having the form of a parabola
• adjective resembling or expressed by parables

## Etymologies

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

[Ultimately from Greek parabolē, comparison; see parable. Sense 2, from parabola.]