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[par-uh-bol-ik] /ˌpær əˈbɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
having the form or outline of a parabola.
2.
having a longitudinal section in the form of a paraboloid or parabola:
a parabolic reflector.
3.
of, pertaining to, or resembling a parabola.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; parabol(a) + -ic

parabolic2

[par-uh-bol-ik] /ˌpær əˈbɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or involving a parable.
Also, parabolical.
Origin
1650-60; < Late Latin parabolicus metaphoric < Late Greek parabolikós figurative, equivalent to Greek parabol() parable + -ikos -ic
Related forms
parabolicalism, noun
parabolically, adverb
nonparabolical, adjective
nonparabolically, adverb
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  • Then they spun the material on a pottery wheel to create a mirror blank with the parabolic shape of a telescope mirror.
British Dictionary definitions for parabolic

parabolic1

/ˌpærəˈbɒlɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or shaped like a parabola
2.
shaped like a paraboloid: a parabolic mirror

parabolic2

/ˌpærəˈbɒlɪk/
adjective
1.
of or resembling a parable
Derived Forms
parabolically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for parabolic
adj.

mid-15c., from Late Latin parabolicus, from late Greek parabolikos "figurative," from parabole (see parable). Related: Parabolical.

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