Definition of parabola noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pəˈræbələ//
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈræbələ//
jump to other results
a curve like the path of an object thrown into the air and falling back to earth A ball thrown over a long distance travels in a parabola. Word Originlate 16th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek parabolē ‘placing side by side, application’, from para- ‘beside’ + bolē ‘a throw’ (from the verb ballein).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parabola