2 definitions found From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]: 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] From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]: hyperbolic adj 1: enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness; "had an exaggerated (or inflated) opinion of himself"; "a hyperbolic style" [syn: {exaggerated}, {inflated}] 2: of or relating to a hyperbola; "hyperbolic functions"

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