hyperbolic paraboloid

noun

Definition of hyperbolic paraboloid 

: a saddle-shaped quadric surface whose sections by planes parallel to one coordinate plane are hyperbolas while those sections by planes parallel to the other two are parabolas if proper orientation of the coordinate axes is assumed

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Now this hyperbolic paraboloid roof (apparently that's the technical term) looks sharp enough to poke a hole in the Jolly Green Giant, and this corner is site of the Palm Springs Visitors Center. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Plot your Palm Springs high jinks under the coolest roof in California," 19 Oct. 2017

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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