Definition of Parabolical

1. Adjective. Resembling or expressed by parables.

Exact synonyms: Parabolic
Partainyms: Parable, Parable
Derivative terms: Parable, Parable, Parable, Parable



2. Adjective. Having the form of a parabola.
Exact synonyms: Parabolic
Similar to: Rounded
Derivative terms: Parabola, Parabola

Medical Definition of Parabolical

1. 1. Of the nature of a parable; expressed by a parable or figure; allegorical; as, parabolical instruction. 2. [From Parabola. Having the form or nature of a parabola; pertaining to, or resembling, a parabola; as, a parabolic curve. Generated by the revolution of a parabola, or by a line that moves on a parabola as a directing curve; as, a parabolic conoid. Parabolic conoid, a paraboloid; a conoid whose directing curve is a parabola. See Conoid. Parabolic mirror, a mirror having a paraboloidal surface which gives for parallel rays (as those from very distant objects) images free from aberration. It is used in reflecting telescopes. Parabolic spindle, the solid generated by revolving the portion of a parabola cut off by a line drawn at right angles to the axis of the curve, about that line as an axis. Parabolic spiral, a spiral curve conceived to be formed by the periphery of a semiparabola when its axis is wrapped about a circle; also, any other spiral curve having an analogy to the parabola. Origin: Gr. Figurative: cf. F. Parabolique. See Parable. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parabolical

parablelike
parablepsia
parablepsis
parablepsy
parables
parabling
parabola
parabolae
parabolas
parabole
paraboles
parabolic
parabolic geometry
parabolic mirror
parabolic reflector
parabolical (current term)
parabolically
parabolicity
parabolics
paraboliform
parabolism
parabolisms
parabolist
parabolists
paraboloid
paraboloid condenser
paraboloid dark field condenser
paraboloid reflector
paraboloidal
paraboloids

Literary usage of Parabolical

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1. The Works of Francis Bacon: Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, and Lord by Francis Bacon (1824)
"Allusive or parabolical, is a narration applied only to express some special purpose or conceit: which latter kind of parabolical wisdom was much more in ..."

2. The Edinburgh Journal of Science by Sir David Brewster (1830)
"... on Spherical and parabolical Specula for Telescopes.— In the new Memoirs of the first class of the Royal Institute of the Netherlands, vol. ii. part ii. ..."

3. Ezekiel and the Book of His Prophecy: An Exposition by Patrick Fairbairn (1855)
"... DOOM CONFIRMED BY A parabolical RELATION OF ASSYRIA'S GREATNESS AND DESTRUCTION. ... parabolical ..."

4. The Universal Masonic Library: A Republication in Thirty Volumes of All the by George Oliver (1855)
"... is, that they make use of hieroglyphical figures, parabolical and symbolical customs and ceremonies, secret words and signs, with different degrees of ..."

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