parabola

[ puh-rab-uh-luh ]
/ pəˈræb ə lə /

noun Geometry.

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

1570–80; < New Latin < Greek parabolḗ an application. See parable
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British Dictionary definitions for parabola

parabola

/ (pəˈræbələ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for parabola

C16: via New Latin from Greek parabolē a setting alongside; see parable
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Science definitions for parabola

parabola

[ pə-răbə-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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Culture definitions for parabola

parabola

[ (puh-rab-uh-luh) ]

A geometrical shape (see geometry) consisting of a single bend and two lines going off to an infinite distance.


Note

An object that is propelled away from the Earth and then drawn back by gravity, such as a fly ball in baseball, follows a path shaped like a parabola.
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