adjective (1)
hy·​per·​bol·​ic | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈbä-lik How to pronounce hyperbolic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly hyperbolical \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈbä-​li-​kəl How to pronounce hyperbolic (audio) \

Definition of hyperbolic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or marked by language that exaggerates or overstates the truth : of, relating to, or marked by hyperbole hyperbolic claims


adjective (2)

Definition of hyperbolic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 geometry : of, relating to, or being like a curve that is formed by the intersection of a double right circular cone with a plane that cuts both halves of the cone : of, relating to, or being analogous to a hyperbola
2 : of, relating to, or being a space in which more than one line parallel to a given line passes through a point hyperbolic geometry

Other Words from hyperbolic

Adjective (1)

hyperbolically \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈbä-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hyperbolic (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of hyperbolic

Adjective (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hyperbolic

Adjective (1)

see hyperbole

Adjective (2)

see hyperbole

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“Hyperbolic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperbolic. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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