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Wordnet 3.0


1. enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness;
- Example: "a hyperbolic style"
[syn: hyperbolic, inflated]

2. of or relating to a hyperbola;
- Example: "hyperbolic functions"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hyperbolic \Hy`per*bol"ic\, Hyperbolical \Hy`per*bol"ic*al\, a. [L. hyperbolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. hyperbolique.] 1. (Math.) Belonging to the hyperbola; having the nature of the hyperbola. [1913 Webster] 2. (Rhet.) Relating to, containing, or of the nature of, hyperbole; exaggerating or diminishing beyond the fact; exceeding the truth; as, an hyperbolical expression. "This hyperbolical epitaph." --Fuller. [1913 Webster] Hyperbolic functions (Math.), certain functions which have relations to the hyperbola corresponding to those which sines, cosines, tangents, etc., have to the circle; and hence, called hyperbolic sines, hyperbolic cosines, etc. Hyperbolic logarithm. See Logarithm. Hyperbolic spiral (Math.), a spiral curve, the law of which is, that the distance from the pole to the generating point varies inversely as the angle swept over by the radius vector. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

hyperbolic adj 1: enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness; "a hyperbolic style" [syn: hyperbolic, inflated] 2: of or relating to a hyperbola; "hyperbolic functions"