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



BrE BrE//haɪˈpɜːbələ//
; NAmE NAmE//haɪˈpɜːrbələ//
(pl. hyperbolas, hyperbolae
BrE BrE//haɪˈpɜːbəli//
; NAmE NAmE//haɪˈpɜːrbəli//
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a symmetrical open curve Word Origin mid 17th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek huperbolē ‘excess’ (from huper ‘above’ + ballein ‘to throw’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hyperbola