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 (păr′ə-bŏl′ĭk) also par·a·bol·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Of or similar to a parable.
2. Of or having the form of a parabola or paraboloid.

[Ultimately from Greek parabolē, comparison; see parable. Sense 2, from parabola.]

par′a·bol′i·cal·ly adv.
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Mr Allworthy answered to all this, and much more, which the captain had urged on this subject, "That, however guilty the parents might be, the children were certainly innocent: that as to the texts he had quoted, the former of them was a particular denunciation against the Jews, for the sin of idolatry, of relinquishing and hating their heavenly King; and the latter was parabolically spoken, and rather intended to denote the certain and necessary consequences of sin, than any express judgment against it.
The sinister truth remained that, whether hyperbolically or parabolically borne away, the projectile would never again meet either the earth or the moon.
However, in the course of hardening of the concrete, factors such as the concrete material properties, hydration heat, and casting temperature indicate that the temperature parabolically changes and tends to become stable with age.
It is indicated that the difference of the static pressure changed parabolically with [alpha].
The intensity of V[[absolute value of E].sup.2] increased parabolically and size of the protein decreased accordingly.
The existence of the weak solution can be proved by the usual parabolically regularized method [2].
The parameter [LAMBDA] is equivalent to the extent of the wedge disclination, and we find that as it becomes more extended, its strain energy is increasing parabolically. This behaviour is similar to that of quarks (confinement) which are fermions.
When the curvature caused by the applied load varies parabolically along the span:
(37) The film's comic book level of violence (and that of Tarantino's oeuvre) sits there parabolically, festering within U.S., cinematic, and Christian mythologies.
In the US, for H-sections the residual stress is considered constant in the web although, when the depth of a wide flange section is large, it varies more or less parabolically (Fig.
In this case, while the shearing force varies linearly, the bending moment varies parabolically along the length of the beam.
Wang, "Vibrations of axially moving viscoelastic plate with parabolically varying thickness," Journal of Sound and Vibration, vol.