Definition of parabola
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 : something bowl-shaped (such as an antenna or microphone reflector)
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Pitts plans to return to Russia, and work to get monitors in the cockpit so the pilots can get even more real time feedback on how smoothly the parabolas are going.
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Origin and Etymology of parabola
New Latin, from Greek parabolē, literally, comparison
First Known Use: 1575
PARABOLA Defined for English Language Learners
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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