hyperbola

noun hy·per·bo·la \ hī-ˈpər-bə-lə \

Definition of hyperbola

plural hyperbolas or hyperbolae play \hī-ˈpər-bə-(ˌ)lē\
: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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Origin and Etymology of hyperbola

New Latin, from Greek hyperbolē


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