adjective
The definition of hyperbolic is something that has been exaggerated or enlarged beyond what is reasonable.
An example of something that would be described as hyperbolic is a reaction by a person that is completely out-of-proportion to the events occurring.
hyperbolic
- of, having the nature of, or using hyperbole; exaggerated or exaggerating
- of, or having the form of, a hyperbola
- designating or of any of a set of six functions (hyperbolic sine, hyperbolic cosine, etc.) related to the hyperbola in a manner similar to that by which the trigonometric functions are related to the circle
Origin of hyperbolic
Late Latin hyperbolicus from Classical Greek hyperbolikos from hyperbol?: see hyperbolaAlso hy·per·bol′i·cal
hyperbolic
also hy·per·bol·i·cal
adjective
- Of, relating to, or employing hyperbole.
- Mathematics a. Of, relating to, or having the form of a hyperbola.b. Of or relating to a geometric system in which two or more lines can be drawn through any point in a plane and not intersect a given line in the plane.c. Of or relating to a hyperbolic function: hyperbolic cosine.
Related Forms:
- hy′per·bol′i·cal·ly
adverb
hyperbolic
Adjective
(comparative more hyperbolic, superlative most hyperbolic)
- of or relating to hyperbole
- using hyperbole: exaggerated
Origin
hyperbole + -ic
Adjective
(not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to an hyperbola.
- Indicates that the specified function is a hyperbolic function rather than a trigonometric function.
- The hyperbolic cosine of zero is one.
- (mathematics, of a metric space or a geometry) Having negative curvature or sectional curvature.
- (geometry, topology, of an automorphism) Whose domain has two (possibly ideal) fixed points joined by a line mapped to itself by translation.
- (topology) Of, pertaining to, or in a hyperbolic space (a space having negative curvature or sectional curvature).
Origin
hyperbola + -ic