Definition of hyperbola in US English: hyperbola
noun 1 A symmetrical open curve formed by the intersection of a circular cone with a plane at a smaller angle with its axis than the side of the cone.
Example sentences
‘Let us begin where we left off, with the quadratic curves known as the circle, ellipse, hyperbola and parabola.’ ‘High values of these parameters yield a hyperbola.’ ‘The only visible sun seemed to be divided into two halves of orange, like an inverted hyperbola.’ ‘You depart Earth on a hyperbola, segue into an ellipse around the sun, and approach your destination on another hyperbola.’ ‘There are many topics covered in the book including a study of circles, triangles, geometric series, ellipses, parabolas and hyperbolas.’ ‘By the time I finish with you you're not just going to fly circles around those scum, but ellipsoids, helices, and hyperbolae.’ ‘There are three non-degenerate conics: the ellipse, the parabola, and the hyperbola.’ ‘It feels as if all that laughter's going in a hyperbola above my head, with one of them sitting behind me and the other directly before me.’ ‘Long-period comets can have orbits ranging from eccentric ellipses to parabolas to even modest hyperbolas.’ ‘She was up in her attic one afternoon, trying to concentrate on where to place her asymptotes on her hyperbola, but her mind traveled elsewhere.’ ‘It's the other conic sections that confuse me, like ellipses and hyperbolas.’ ‘At an eccentricity of exactly one you have a parabola, and for eccentricities greater than one the orbit traces a hyperbola.’ ‘This function is a hyperbola in the valid domain for plant growth.’ ‘Probably also in 1654 Brouncker computed the quadrature of the hyperbola although he did not publish this result until 1668.’ ‘Enter the hyperbolas, parabolas, transitions and floaters who make up the Wolves’ zone defense.’ 1.1 Mathematics The pair of hyperbolas formed by the intersection of a plane with two equal cones on opposites of the same vertex.
Example sentences
‘The first shows that if AB is a fixed line then locus of a point P such that 2 angle PAB = angle PBA is a hyperbola.’ ‘The equation of this curve can be shown to be that of a hyperbola whose curvature is inversely related to the value of V.’ ‘He read Wallis's method for finding a square of equal area to a parabola and a hyperbola which used indivisibles.’ ‘She had given up on math once her books had started trying to explain how to graph a hyperbola; it was just to confusing.’ ‘Angeli's many works were on infinitesimals and he used them to study spirals, parabolas and hyperbolas.’ Origin Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek huperbolē ‘excess’ (from huper ‘above’ + ballein ‘to throw’).
Pronunciation hyperbola /hīˈpərbələ/ /haɪˈpərbələ/