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paraboloid Line breaks: par|ab¦ol|oid
Pronunciation: /pəˈrab(ə)lɔɪd/

Definition of paraboloid in English:


1 (also paraboloid of revolution) A solid generated by the rotation of a parabola about its axis of symmetry.
2A solid having two or more non-parallel parabolic cross sections.
Example sentences
  • Here, the repetition and rotation of a basic truss creates the paraboloid form of the roof.
  • Externally the edges of the paraboloids form high gables infilled by curtain glazing on a brick plinth.



Example sentences
  • ‘As with the iceberg, the paraboloidal structure cannot topple until its base is partially exposed above the soil level,’ Rorres says.

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