# parabola

[ UK /pəɹˈæbəlɐ/ ]
[ US /pɝˈæbəɫə/ ]
NOUN
1. a plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the curve
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## How To Use parabola In A Sentence

• These last move more and more quickly until they reach what is called the vertex of the parabola (the point of such a path which lies nearest to the sun): projectiles, on the contrary, move more and more slowly as they approach the corresponding point of their path; and further, the comet first approaches and then recedes from the centre of attraction -- the projectile first recedes from and then approaches the attracting centre. Myths and Marvels of Astronomy
• I was in my usual spot in the library, graphing an inverse parabola, when a shadow fell over me.
• Angeli's many works were on infinitesimals and he used them to study spirals, parabolas and hyperbolas.
• At an eccentricity of exactly one you have a parabola, and for eccentricities greater than one the orbit traces a hyperbola.
• Baseball is a game of absolutely flat planes, perfect right angles, precise distances, measured velocities, and beautiful parabolas. FOLLOW THE SHARKS
• Let us begin where we left off, with the quadratic curves known as the circle, ellipse, hyperbola and parabola.
• Here the anomalousness or asymmetry of the parabola is much less apparent - indeed the circle would seem a more obvious choice in the ‘one of these things is not like the others’ game.
• A certain Chever also performed sundry singular mathematical feats, such as squaring the circle, a problem which he reduced to the single question, _Construere mundum divinae menti analogum_, and showing that the parabola, the only conic section squared by ancient or modern geometers, could never be quadrated, to the eternal discomfiture and discredit of the shade of Archimedes. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 20, June, 1859
• It happened that during the interview which we have narrated some decani — humble church servants, who formed a branch of the parabolani, and helped to bury the poor — had been in the garden below, and had heard the loud voice and harsh accents of the Bishop of Gabala raised in objurgation. Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom
• There are many topics covered in the book including a study of circles, triangles, geometric series, ellipses, parabolas and hyperbolas.
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