parabolic

2
[par-uh-bol-ik]
Sometimes par·a·bol·i·cal.

Origin of parabolic

2
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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Examples from the Web for parabolically

Historical Examples of parabolically

  • I use the word "parabolically" here in preference to "symbolically."

  • That flits upon an orbit elliptically or parabolically or hyperbolically curved, keeping no man knows what trysts with Time.

    The Rhythm of Life

    Alice Meynell


British Dictionary definitions for parabolically

parabolic

1
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or shaped like a parabola
  2. shaped like a paraboloida parabolic mirror

parabolic

2

parabolical

adjective
  1. of or resembling a parable
Derived Formsparabolically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for parabolically

parabolic

adj.

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

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