# parabola

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a plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone with a plane parallel to a generator of the cone; the set of points in a plane that are equidistant from a fixed line and a fixed point in the same plane or in a parallel plane. Equation: y2 = 2px or x2 = 2py.

## Origin of parabola

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## Words Nearby parabola

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## How to use parabola in a sentence

If you’ve ever taken an algebra or physics class, then you’ve met a

*parabola*, the simple curve that can model how a ball flies through the air.The Simple Math Behind the Mighty Roots of Unity | Patrick Honner | September 23, 2021 | Quanta MagazineThe most important part of a

*parabola*is the vertex — its highest or lowest point — and there are many mathematical techniques for finding it.The Simple Math Behind the Mighty Roots of Unity | Patrick Honner | September 23, 2021 | Quanta MagazineNew Shepard takes off like a traditional rocket, with a crew capsule separating near the peak of the flight

*parabola*, arcing into space for three minutes of weightless sightseeing, and descending by parachute, while the rocket itself lands upright.The Jeff Bezos-Richard Branson Space Race Is About More Than Two Billionaires' Egos | Jeffrey Kluger | July 9, 2021 | TimeIn math, parabolas are special U-shaped curves that form by slicing through a cone-shape.

Researchers reveal the secret to the perfect football throw | Harini Barath | December 15, 2020 | Science News For StudentsIf it wasn’t for the air, Ramirez says, the football would still trace a

*parabola*because of gravity.Researchers reveal the secret to the perfect football throw | Harini Barath | December 15, 2020 | Science News For Students

If the load travels the reverse way, the shearing force at the head of the train is given by the ordinates of the dotted

*parabola*.This

*parabola*is the curve of maximum moments for a travelling load uniform per ft. run.Now, except for very short bridges and very unequal loads, a

*parabola*can be found which includes the curve of maximum moments.Let we be the load per ft. run which would produce the maximum moments represented by this

*parabola*.The planet would then have moved in a

*parabola*, or an hyperbola, curves not returning into themselves.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive | John Stuart Mill

## British Dictionary definitions for parabola

/ (pəˈræbələ) /

a conic section formed by the intersection of a cone by a plane parallel to its side. Standard equation: y ² = 4 ax, where 2 a is the distance between focus and directrix

## Origin of parabola

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## Scientific definitions for parabola

[ pə-răb′ə-lə ]

The curve formed by the set of points in a plane that are all equally distant from both a given line (called the directrix) and a given point (called the focus) that is not on the line.

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## Cultural definitions for parabola

[ (puh-rab-uh-luh) ]

## Notes for parabola

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