One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A solid generated by the rotation of a parabola about its axis of symmetry.
2A solid having two or more non-parallel parabolic cross sections.
- ‘Externally the edges of the paraboloids form high gables infilled by curtain glazing on a brick plinth.’
- ‘Here, the repetition and rotation of a basic truss creates the paraboloid form of the roof.’
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