Definition of parabolic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌperəˈbälik/


1Of or like a parabola or part of one.
Example sentences
  • He also studied spherical and parabolic mirrors, and understood how refraction by a lens will allow images to be focused and magnification to take place.
  • A primary concave parabolic mirror converges the light to one focus of a concave ellipsoidal mirror.
  • The extracts quoted by Eutocius from Diocles’ On burning mirrors showed that he was the first to prove the focal property of a parabolic mirror.
2Of or expressed in parables: parabolic teaching
More example sentences
  • Using parabolic teaching again, Jesus personifies the religious leaders as a son who says he'll work in his father's vineyard but is a no-show.
  • As we shall see, narrative parables are generally considered to be the most distinctive form of parabolic teaching used by Jesus.



Example sentences
  • The workhorse of such system will be four movable frames and twelve parabolical mirrors built in 1993 for the EAS-TOP [3] cosmic ray experiment.
  • Sometimes vertical and horizontal values may be superimposed so that the curve jumps back and forth between parabolical and s-curve.


Pronunciation: /ˌperəˈbälək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Turning the other cheek is morally ludicrous, but so too is to read all of Christ's utterances parabolically… except this one.
  • In 1847 Boehm produced an entirely new model, with a head joint which narrowed parabolically towards its top, a one-piece cylindrical body, and a cylindrical foot.


Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek parabolikos, from parabolē 'application' (see parabola).

Words that rhyme with parabolic

alcoholic, anabolic, apostolic, bucolic, carbolic, chocoholic, colic, diabolic, embolic, frolic, hydraulic, hyperbolic, melancholic, metabolic, rollick, shambolic, shopaholic, symbolic, vitriolic, workaholic

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Syllabification: par·a·bol·ic

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