A parabola is a curve that is used to model the path of a projectile. It has a shape that is similar to a S-shape.

  • The trajectory of the missile was modeled using a parabola.

  • The parabola has a very specific shape, which is why it was chosen to model the trajectory of the missile.

Definition of parabola


a plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the curve

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Example Sentences for parabola

  • 1

    The three types of conics are the ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola.

  • 2

    You panic at the sight of the words ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola.

  • 3

    In the mathematical world, we often idealize the trajectory as a parabola.

  • 4

    He is the zenith of an awesomeness parabola.

  • 5

    Consider the parabola given by the parametrisation.

  • 6

    The line 'BC' is tangent to the parabola.

  • 7

    The line of the centers of a parabolic hexlet is a parabola.

  • 8

    This is the equation of a parabola, so the path is parabolic.

  • 9

    This point is specified by the slope of the axis of the parabola.

  • 10

    In this simple approximation the trajectory takes the shape of a parabola.