adjective Etymology: in sense 1, from Late Latin parabola parable; in sense 2, from New Latin parabola Date: 1669 1. expressed by or being a parable ; allegorical 2. of, having the form of, or relating to a parabola <
motion in a parabolic curve
parabolically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Parabolic — Par a*bol ic, Parabolical Par a*bol ic*al, a. [Gr. paraboliko s figurative: cf. F. parabolique. See {Parable}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of the nature of a parable; expressed by a parable or figure; allegorical; as, parabolical instruction. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parabolic — (adj.) mid 15c., from L.L. parabolicus, from Gk. parabolikos figurative, from parabole (see PARABLE (Cf. parable)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • parabolic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of or like a parabola or part of one. 2) of or expressed in parables …   English terms dictionary

  • parabolic — parabolic1 [par΄ə bäl′ik] adj. [LL parabolicus < LGr parabolikos] of, in the form of, or expressed by a parable: also parabolical parabolically adv. parabolic2 [par΄ə bäl′ik] adj. 1. of or like a parabola 2. bowl shaped, as a reflector,… …   English World dictionary

  • parabolic — PARABÓLIC1, Ă, parabolici, ce, adj. De forma unei parabole1; curbat. – Din fr. parabolique, germ. parabolisch. Trimis de valeriu, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  PARABÓLIC2, Ă, parabolici, ce, adj. Cu caracter de parabolă2; alegoric. – Din fr.… …   Dicționar Român

  • parabolic — [[t]pæ̱rəbɒ̱lɪk[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A parabolic object or curve is shaped like a parabola. ...a parabolic mirror …   English dictionary

  • parabolic — parabolic1 /par euh bol ik/, adj. 1. having the form or outline of a parabola. 2. having a longitudinal section in the form of a paraboloid or parabola: a parabolic reflector. 3. of, pertaining to, or resembling a parabola. [1695 1705; PARABOL(A) …   Universalium

  • parabolic — 1. adjective a) Of, or pertaining to, or in the shape of a parabola or paraboloid b) Of or pertaining to a parable 2. noun A parabolic function, equation etc …   Wiktionary

  • parabolic — Synonyms and related words: allegoric, bell like, bell shaped, campaniform, campanular, campanulate, ellipsoid, elliptic, fabulous, fictional, legendary, mythic, mythological, mythopoeic, mythopoetic, romantic, romanticized, saucer shaped …   Moby Thesaurus

  • parabòlic — pa|ra|bò|lic Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català

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