1. [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
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.
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,
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness; "a hyperbolic
style" [syn: hyperbolic, inflated]
2: of or relating to a hyperbola; "hyperbolic functions"