Dictionary.com

parabolic

1
[ par-uh-bol-ik ]
/ ˌpær əˈbɒl ɪk /
Save This Word!

adjective
having the form or outline of a parabola.
having a longitudinal section in the form of a paraboloid or parabola: a parabolic reflector.
of or relating to a parabola.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of parabolic

1
First recorded in 1695–1705; parabol(a) + -ic

Other definitions for parabolic (2 of 2)

parabolic2
[ par-uh-bol-ik ]
/ ˌpær əˈbɒl ɪk /

adjective
of, relating to, or involving a parable.
Sometimes par·a·bol·i·cal .

Origin of parabolic

2
1650–60; <Late Latin parabolicus metaphoric <Late Greek parabolikós figurative, equivalent to Greek parabol() parable + -ikos-ic

OTHER WORDS FROM parabolic

par·a·bol·i·cal·ism, nounpar·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·par·a·bol·i·cal, adjectivenon·par·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use parabolic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for parabolic (1 of 2)

parabolic1
/ (ˌpærəˈbɒlɪk) /

adjective
of, relating to, or shaped like a parabola
shaped like a paraboloida parabolic mirror

British Dictionary definitions for parabolic (2 of 2)

parabolic2

parabolical

/ (ˌpærəˈbɒlɪk) /

adjective
of or resembling a parable

Derived forms of parabolic

parabolically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK