Origin of parabolic1
- of, relating to, or involving a parable.
Origin of parabolic2
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Examples from the Web for parabolic
To a stranger it is just a little confusing to be so parabolic—so to speak.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
The walls then rise, in parabolic outline, to a pointed apex.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
A type of parabolic reflector now in use is shown in fig. 30.
The two shapes in use are the triangular and the parabolic or balloon-shaped.The Theory and Practice of Archery
The parabolic mirror will reflect the star to a perfect focus.Catharine Furze
- of, relating to, or shaped like a parabola
- shaped like a paraboloida parabolic mirror
- of or resembling a parable
Word Origin and History for parabolic
mid-15c., from Late Latin parabolicus, from late Greek parabolikos "figurative," from parabole (see parable). Related: Parabolical.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper