Hyperbolic
Hyperbolic Hy`per*bol"ic, Hyperbolical Hy`per*bol"ic*al, a. [L. hyperbolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. hyperbolique.] 1. (Math.) Belonging to the hyperbola; having the nature of the hyperbola. [1913 Webster]

2. (Rhet.) Relating to, containing, or of the nature of, hyperbole; exaggerating or diminishing beyond the fact; exceeding the truth; as, an hyperbolical expression. ``This hyperbolical epitaph.'' --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

{Hyperbolic functions} (Math.), certain functions which have relations to the hyperbola corresponding to those which sines, cosines, tangents, etc., have to the circle; and hence, called {hyperbolic sines}, {hyperbolic cosines}, etc.

{Hyperbolic logarithm}. See {Logarithm}.

{Hyperbolic spiral} (Math.), a spiral curve, the law of which is, that the distance from the pole to the generating point varies inversely as the angle swept over by the radius vector. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hyperbolic — 1640s (iperbolical is from early 15c.), from Gk. hyperbolikos “extravagant,” from hyperbole extravagance, lit. a throwing beyond (see HYPERBOLE (Cf. hyperbole)). Geometric sense is from 1670s. Related: Hyperbolically …   Etymology dictionary

  • hyperbolic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of language) deliberately exaggerated. 2) relating to a hyperbola …   English terms dictionary

  • hyperbolic — adj. Geom. of or relating to a hyperbola. Phrases and idioms: hyperbolic function a function related to a rectangular hyperbola, e.g. a hyperbolic cosine …   Useful english dictionary

  • hyperbolic — I. adjective also hyperbolical Date: 15th century of, relating to, or marked by hyperbole • hyperbolically adverb II. adjective Date: 1676 1. of, relating to, or being analogous to a hyperbola 2. of, relating to, or being a space in which more… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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