hy·​per·​bo·​loid | \ hī-ˈpər-bə-ˌlȯid How to pronounce hyperboloid (audio) \

Definition of hyperboloid

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

Other Words from hyperboloid

hyperboloidal \ (ˌ)hī-​ˌpər-​bə-​ˈlȯi-​dᵊl How to pronounce hyperboloid (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hyperboloid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not one but two tall monoliths now overlook the harbor: William Zeckendorf’s rooftop airport covers a substantial fraction of Manhattan’s western edge, and I.M. Pei’s pinch-waisted hyperboloid rises a hundred stories above Grand Central Terminal. Will Heinrich, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hyperboloid

1743, in the meaning defined above

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“Hyperboloid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperboloid. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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