Part of speech: noun

A curve formed by the cutting of a cone by a plane parallel to one of its sides; one of the conic sections.

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Usage examples "parabola":

  1. The other magnitude, which drew near with a step at once elusive and fascinating, revealed as she walked a figure so exquisite in its every curve as to call from her geometrical acquaintances the ecstatic exclamation, " Let it be granted that M is a parabola." - "Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy", Stephen Leacock.
  2. It describes a parabola. - "Modern India", William Eleroy Curtis.
  3. One was for the hyperbola, the other for the parabola. - "The Moon-Voyage", Jules Verne.