noun hy·per·bo·la \hī-ˈpər-bə-lə\
plural hy·per·bo·las or hy·per·bo·lae\-(ˌ)lē\

Definition of HYPERBOLA

:  a plane curve generated by a point so moving that the difference of the distances from two fixed points is a constant :  a curve formed by the intersection of a double right circular cone with a plane that cuts both halves of the cone

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New Latin, from Greek hyperbolē
First Known Use: 1668


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