pa·​rab·​o·​loid | \ pə-ˈra-bə-ˌlȯid How to pronounce paraboloid (audio) \

Definition of paraboloid

: a surface all of whose intersections by planes are either parabolas and ellipses or parabolas and hyperbolas

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paraboloidal \ pə-​ˌra-​bə-​ˈlȯi-​dᵊl How to pronounce paraboloidal (audio) \ adjective

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Nearby, 16 stark-white paraboloid beams supported the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasília like a crown of thorns. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "How Brasília Turned Me On to Modern Architecture’s Sexy Side," 2 Nov. 2018 Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium Built for the 1964 Olympics, the indoor stadium, a cantilevered hyberbolic paraboloid, is threatened with demolition because of leaks. Ben Ryder Howe, Town & Country, "The World Monuments Fund Adds Civil Rights Sites in Alabama to List of Endangered Places," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of paraboloid

circa 1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paraboloid was circa 1702

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