[ kon-iks ]
/ ˈkɒn ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of geometry that deals with conic sections.

Origin of conics

see origin at conic, -ics

Definition for conics (2 of 2)


[ kon-ik ]
/ ˈkɒn ɪk /


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


Geometry. conic section.

Origin of conic

1560–70; < Greek kōnikós, equivalent to kôn(os) cone + -ikos -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for conics (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkɒnɪks) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for conics (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkɒnɪk) /

adjective Also: conical

  1. having the shape of a cone
  2. of or relating to a cone


another name for conic section
See also conics
Derived Formsconically, adverb

Word Origin for conic

C16: from New Latin, from Greek kōnikos, from kōnos cone
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Word Origin and History for conics



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

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