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parabolic2

[par-uh-bol-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or involving a parable.
Sometimes par·a·bol·i·cal.

Origin of parabolic2

1650–60; < Late Latin parabolicus metaphoric < Late Greek parabolikós figurative, equivalent to Greek parabol(ḗ) parable + -ikos -ic
Related formspar·a·bol·i·cal·ism, nounpar·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·par·a·bol·i·cal, adjectivenon·par·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for parabolically

Historical Examples

  • I use the word "parabolically" here in preference to "symbolically."

    The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine

    Heinrich Heine

  • 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

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or shaped like a parabola
  2. shaped like a paraboloida parabolic mirror

parabolic2

parabolical

adjective
  1. of or resembling a parable
Derived Formsparabolically, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper