[par-uh-bol-ik] /ˌpær əˈbɒl ɪk/

of, relating to, or involving a .
of, relating to, or shaped like a parabola
shaped like a paraboloid: a parabolic mirror
of or resembling a parable

mid-15c., from Late Latin parabolicus, from late Greek parabolikos “figurative,” from parabole (see parable). Related: Parabolical.


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