### parabola

**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.

**Usage examples **"parabola":

- 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.
- It describes a parabola. - "Modern India", William Eleroy Curtis.
- One was for the hyperbola, the other for the parabola. - "The Moon-Voyage", Jules Verne.