What does the word parabola mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Stephen Leacock
  2. It describes a parabola. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  3. One was for the hyperbola, the other for the parabola. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne