parabolic

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

of, relating to, or involving a parable.

Nearby words

  1. parable,
  2. parablepsia,
  3. parables,
  4. parabola,
  5. parabole,
  6. parabolic aerial,
  7. parabolic antenna,
  8. parabolic mirror,
  9. parabolize,
  10. paraboloid

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 formspar·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 parabolical

parabolic

1
/ (ˌpærəˈbɒlɪk) /

adjective

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

parabolic

2

parabolical

/ (ˌpærəˈbɒlɪk) /

adjective

of or resembling a parable
Derived Formsparabolically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for parabolical

parabolic

adj.

mid-15c., from Late Latin parabolicus, from late Greek parabolikos "figurative," from parabole (see parable). Related: Parabolical.

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