Definition of parabola in English:


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nounplural noun parabolas, plural noun parabolae/-lē/

  • A symmetrical open plane curve formed by the intersection of a cone with a plane parallel to its side. The path of a projectile under the influence of gravity ideally follows a curve of this shape.

    ‘The solutions to the equations describing the motions produced by this law are called conic sections - ellipses, hyperbolae and parabolae - which you get by intersecting a plane and a cone.’
    • ‘Newton and Kepler left behind the tools for constructing flight paths from simple conic sections - bits of parabolas, hyperbolas, ellipses, and the ubiquitous circle - and their use is now a highly developed art.’
    • ‘Menaechmus is famed for his discovery of the conic sections and he was the first to show that ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas are obtained by cutting a cone in a plane not parallel to the base.’
    • ‘Long-period comets can have orbits ranging from eccentric ellipses to parabolas to even modest hyperbolas.’
    • ‘There are three non-degenerate conics: the ellipse, the parabola, and the hyperbola.’



/pəˈrabələ/ /pəˈræbələ/


Late 16th century modern Latin, from Greek parabolē ‘placing side by side, application’, from para-‘beside’ + bolē ‘a throw’ (from the verb ballein).