Thursday, 26 April 2012

Entry: paraboloid (adj.)

In context:"Schacht's orange Gamma-9 synthetic strings have AMF-Head Inc.'s weird Taoist paraboloid logo sprayed on."

Definition: From parabola (n.): b.  Math. More widely: a plane curve resembling a parabola in having branches which do not tend towards asymptotes, and represented by an equation analogous to that of the common parabola. Chiefly with distinguishing word.

Though this may be easy to parse:

c. In extended use and fig. Any similar (actual or notional) curve, esp. one described by something moving through time or space; a curving trajectory, an arc.

Other: Take a look at the interesting examples real-world examples of parabolae from Wikipedia.

SNOOT score: 1

Source: Oxford English Dictionary, Wikipedia

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