hyperbolic paraboloid

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 19 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hyperbolic paraboloid was in 1842

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“Hyperbolic paraboloid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperbolic%20paraboloid. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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