Origin of hyperbola
Examples from the Web for hyperbola
The circle has one focus at the centre, an ellipse or hyperbola two foci equidistant from the centre.
I said, "if my orbit is a hyperbola, I shall never return to earth."Christmas Eve and Christmas Day|Edward E. Hale
It is said that he was the first to introduce the words ellipse and hyperbola.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)|John William Draper
This reasoning shows at the same time how to construct the axis of an ellipse or of an hyperbola.
These curves—the ellipse, the parabola, hyperbola—play a large part in the subsequent history of astronomy and mechanics.An Introduction to the History of Science|Walter Libby
British Dictionary definitions for hyperbola
noun plural -las or -le (-ˌliː)
Word Origin for hyperbola
Word Origin and History for 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.