A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone with a plane parallel to a generator of the cone; the set of points in a plane that are equidistant from a fixed line and a fixed point in the same plane or in a parallel plane.
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Haiku

I am the x squared
I resemble a horse shoe
I can be a "U"



Comet West
Comet West

Natural Parabola!

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The fountains in front of the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas are parabolas.
http://www.pen.k12.va.us/Div/Winchester/jhhs/math/gifs5/bellagio.jpg

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The suspension on this bridge is in the shape of a parabola!
http://www.pen.k12.va.us/Div/Winchester/jhhs/math/gifs5/bridge.jpg

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These are examples of parabolas.
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