Definition of parabolic in English:

parabolic

adjective

  • 1Of or like a parabola or part of one:

    ‘a parabolic mirror behind a spotlight projects a parallel beam’
    • ‘A primary concave parabolic mirror converges the light to one focus of a concave ellipsoidal mirror.’
    • ‘The extracts quoted by Eutocius from Diocles’ On burning mirrors showed that he was the first to prove the focal property of a parabolic mirror.’
    • ‘The top of the cylinder was capped with a parabolic radio dish, which appeared to be made of cloth supported by a series of metal ribs.’
    • ‘He also studied spherical and parabolic mirrors, and understood how refraction by a lens will allow images to be focused and magnification to take place.’
    • ‘Flown on a parabolic trajectory, this airplane can produce periods of microgravity for some twenty seconds.’
    legendary, mythical, mythic, mythological, fabulous, folkloric, fairy-tale, heroic, traditional
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  • 2Of or expressed in parables:

    ‘parabolic teaching’
    • ‘As we shall see, narrative parables are generally considered to be the most distinctive form of parabolic teaching used by Jesus.’
    • ‘Using parabolic teaching again, Jesus personifies the religious leaders as a son who says he'll work in his father's vineyard but is a no-show.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek parabolikos, from parabolē application (see parabola).

Pronunciation

parabolic

/ˌparəˈbɒlɪk/