Definition of parabolic in English:

parabolic

Syllabification: par·a·bol·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈbälik
 
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adjective

1Of or like a parabola or part of one.
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  • 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
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  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

parabolical

adjective
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  • 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.

parabolically

Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • 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.

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