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parabolic2

[par-uh-bol-ik] /ˌpær əˈbɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or involving a parable.
Sometimes, parabolical.
Origin of parabolic2
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin parabolicus metaphoric < Late Greek parabolikós figurative, equivalent to Greek parabol(ḗ) parable + -ikos -ic
Related forms
parabolicalism, noun
parabolically, adverb
nonparabolical, adjective
nonparabolically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for parabolically
Historical Examples
  • I use the word "parabolically" here in preference to "symbolically."

  • That flits upon an orbit elliptically or parabolically or hyperbolically curved, keeping no man knows what trysts with Time.

    The Rhythm of Life Alice Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for parabolically

parabolic1

/ˌpærəˈbɒlɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or shaped like a parabola
2.
shaped like a paraboloid: a parabolic mirror

parabolic2

/ˌpærəˈbɒlɪk/
adjective
1.
of or resembling a parable
Derived Forms
parabolically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for parabolically

parabolic

adj.

mid-15c., from Late Latin parabolicus, from late Greek parabolikos "figurative," from parabole (see parable). Related: Parabolical.

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