parabolic

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[ par-uh-bol-ik ]
/ ˌpær əˈbɒl ɪk /

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.

Origin of parabolic

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

Definition for parabolic (2 of 2)

parabolic

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[ par-uh-bol-ik ]
/ ˌpær əˈbɒl ɪk /

adjective

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

Origin of parabolic

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

Related forms

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
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British Dictionary definitions for parabolic (1 of 2)

parabolic

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/ (ˌpærəˈbɒlɪk) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for parabolic (2 of 2)

parabolic

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parabolical

/ (ˌpærəˈbɒlɪk) /

adjective

of or resembling a parable

Derived Forms

parabolically, adverb
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