parabola

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noun pa·rab·o·la \pə-ˈra-bə-lə\

Definition of parabola

  1. 1 :  a plane curve generated by a point moving so that its distance from a fixed point is equal to its distance from a fixed line :  the intersection of a right circular cone with a plane parallel to an element of the cone

  2. 2 :  something bowl-shaped (such as an antenna or microphone reflector)

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Origin and Etymology of parabola

New Latin, from Greek parabolē, literally, comparison


First Known Use: 1575

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PARABOLA Defined for English Language Learners

parabola

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Definition of parabola for English Language Learners

  • : a curve that is shaped like the path of something that is thrown forward and high in the air and falls back to the ground



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