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Support the Dictionary

We are now seeking volunteers to help us with the following tasks:

  • Transcription

    If you would like to help with our transcription efforts, send me an email at atrejub@gmail.com - I will get back to you as quickly as possible with a link to our spreadsheet and instructions. See the sample markup below.

Sample Transcription:

<span class="headword">Hype'rbola</span>. <i>n.s.</i> [<i>hyperbole</i>, Fr. ||GREEK|| and ||GREEK||.] In geometry, a section of a cone made by a plane, so that the axis of the section inclines to the opposite leg of the cone, which in the parabola is parallel to it, and in the ellipsis intersects it. The axis of the hyperbolical section will meet also with the opposite side of the cone, when produced above the vertex. <i>Harris.</i>

<span class="quotedText">Had the velocities of the several planets been greater or less than they are, or had their distances from the sun, or the quantity of the sun's matter, and consequently his attractive power been greater or less than they are now, with the same velocities, they would not have revolved in concentrick circles, but have moved in <i>hyperbola's</i> very eccentrick.</span> <i>Bentley's Serm.</i>


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