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### Meaning of PARABOLA

 Pronunciation: pu'rabulu WordNet Dictionary Definition: [n]  a plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the curve PARABOLA is a 8 letter word that starts with P. See Also: Webster's 1913 Dictionary Definition: ```\Pa*rab"o*la\, n.; pl. {Parabolas}. [NL., fr. Gr. ?; -- so called because its axis is parallel to the side of the cone. See {Parable}, and cf. {Parabole}.] (Geom.) (a) A kind of curve; one of the conic sections formed by the intersection of the surface of a cone with a plane parallel to one of its sides. It is a curve, any point of which is equally distant from a fixed point, called the focus, and a fixed straight line, called the directrix. See {Focus}. (b) One of a group of curves defined by the equation y = ax^{n} where n is a positive whole number or a positive fraction. For the {cubical parabola} n = 3; for the {semicubical parabola} n = 3/2. See under {Cubical}, and {Semicubical}. The parabolas have infinite branches, but no rectilineal asymptotes. ``` Thesaurus Terms Related Terms: arc, bow, catacaustic, catenary, caustic, circle, conchoid, crook, curl, curve, diacaustic, ellipse, festoon, hook, hyperbola, lituus, sinus, tracery