# hyperbola

[hahy-pur-buh-luh]

### noun Geometry.

the set of points in a plane whose distances to two fixed points in the plane have a constant difference; a curve consisting of two distinct and similar branches, formed by the intersection of a plane with a right circular cone when the plane makes a greater angle with the base than does the generator of the cone. Equation: x 2/a 2 − y 2/b 2 = ±1.

## RELATED WORDS

trajectory, arc, arch, contour, loop, swerve, sweep, hairpin, crook, bend, whorl, ambit, concavity, circle, quirk, curvature, festoon, bight, compass, circumference

## Nearby words

- hyperbaric oxygen,
- hyperbarism,
- hyperbaton,
- hyperbetalipoproteinemia,
- hyperbilirubinemia,
- hyperbole,
- hyperbolic,
- hyperbolic function,
- hyperbolic geometry,
- hyperbolic paraboloid

## Origin of hyperbola

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## hyperbola

### noun plural -las or -le (-ˌliː)

## Word Origin for hyperbola

C17: from Greek huperbolē, literally: excess, extravagance, from hyper- + ballein to throw

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## hyperbola

1660s, from Latinized form of Greek hyperbole "extravagance," literally "a throwing beyond" (see hyperbole). Perhaps so called because the inclination of the plane to the base of the cone exceeds that of the side of the cone.

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## hyperbola

[hī-pûr′bə-lə]

### Plural hyperbolas hyperbolae (hī-pûr′bə-lē)

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## hyperbola

[(heye-pur-buh-luh)]

In geometry, a curve having a single bend, with lines going infinitely far from the bend.

## Note

The path of a comet that enters the solar system and then leaves forever is a hyperbolic curve (half of a hyperbola).

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