# conics

[kon-iks]

- the branch of geometry that deals with conic sections.

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## Origin of conics^{}

## conic

[kon-ik]

- Also con·i·cal. having the form of, resembling, or pertaining to a cone.

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- Geometry. conic section.

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## Origin of conic^{}

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## Examples from the Web for conics

### Historical Examples

#### These had already been proved in earlier treatises, which Archimedes refers to as the “Elements of Conics”.

ArchimedesThomas Little Heath

#### Each of the other theorems about conics may be stated for cones of the second order.

#### Astronomy was also enriched by his investigations, and he was led to several remarkable theorems on conics which bear his name.

#### Two conics which have four common tangents have always one and only one common polar-triangle.

#### Similarly, all conics touching four fixed lines form a system such that any fifth tangent determines one and only one conic.

## conics

- (functioning as singular) the branch of geometry concerned with the parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola

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## conic

- having the shape of a cone
- of or relating to a cone

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- another name for conic section

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See also conics

## Word Origin

C16: from New Latin, from Greek kōnikos, from kōnos cone

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## Word Origin and History for conics

## conic

### adj.

1560s, "pertaining to a cone," from Latin conicus, from Greek konikos "cone-shaped," from konos (see cone).

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