## PARABOLA

### Parabola

A**parabola**is a two-dimensional, mirror-symmetrical curve, which is approximately U-shaped when oriented as shown in the diagram, but which can be in any orientation in its plane. It fits any of several superficially different mathematical descriptions which can all be proved to define curves of exactly the same shape.

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### parabola

#### Noun

- The conic section formed by the intersection of a cone with a plane parallel to a tangent plane to the cone; the locus of points equidistant from a fixed point (the focus) and line (the directrix).
- The explicit drawing of a parallel between two essentially dissimilar things, especially with a moral or didactic purpose. A parable.

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