Meaning of “parabola” in the English Dictionary

"parabola" in British English

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parabolanoun [ C ]

uk /pəˈræb.əl.ə/ us /pəˈræb.əl.ə/ specialized

a type of curve such as that made by an object that is thrown up in the air and falls to the ground in a different place

adjective uk /ˌpær.əˈbɒl.ɪk/ us /ˌper.əˈbɑː.lɪk/

a parabolic curve/trajectory

(Definition of “parabola” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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parabolanoun [ C ]


geometry a U-shaped curve

geometry A parabola is the graph (= drawing) of a quadratic equation

(Definition of “parabola” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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