catenary

catenary
/kəˈtinəri/ (say kuh'teenuhree)

noun (plural catenaries)
1. the curve assumed approximately by a heavy uniform cord or chain hanging freely from two points not in the same vertical line.
2. the slack wire from which the contact wire is suspended by means of droppers on an electric railway.
adjective Also, catenarian /kætəˈnɛəriən/ (say katuh'nairreeuhn).
3. relating to a catenary.
{Latin catēnārius relating to a chain}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Catenary — Cat e*na*ry, Catenarian Cat e*na ri*an, a. [L. catenarius, fr. catena a chain. See {Chain}.] Relating to a chain; like a chain; as, a {catenary} curve. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Catenary — Cat e*na*ry, n.; pl. {Catenaries}. (Geol.) The curve formed by a rope or chain of uniform density and perfect flexibility, hanging freely between two points of suspension, not in the same vertical line. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catenary — 1788, from L. catenarius, from catenanus, from catena chain, fetter (see CHAIN (Cf. chain)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • catenary — [kat′ənner′ē ənkat′ə ner΄ē; ] chiefly Brit, [kə tē′nər ē] n. pl. catenaries [L catenarius < catena, CHAIN] the curve made by a flexible, uniform chain or cord freely suspended between two fixed points adj. designating or of such a curve: also… …   English World dictionary

  • Catenary — This article is about the mathematical curve. For other uses, see Catenary (disambiguation). Chainette redirects here. For the wine grape also known as Chainette, see Cinsaut. A hanging chain forms a catenary …   Wikipedia

  • catenary — /kat n er ee/; esp. Brit. /keuh tee neuh ree/, n., pl. catenaries, adj. n. 1. Math. the curve assumed approximately by a heavy uniform cord or chain hanging freely from two points not in the same vertical line. Equation: y = k cosh(x/k). 2. (in… …   Universalium

  • catenary — noun (plural naries) Etymology: New Latin catenaria, from Latin, feminine of catenarius of a chain, from catena Date: 1788 1. the curve assumed by a cord of uniform density and cross section that is perfectly flexible but not ca …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catenary — grandininė kreivė statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. catenary; catenary curve; funicular curve vok. Katenoide, f; Kettenlinie, f; Seilkurve, f rus. веревочная кривая, f; веревочная линия, f; цепная линия, f pranc. courbe funiculaire, f;… …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • catenary — [kə ti:nəri] noun (plural catenaries) a curve formed by a chain hanging freely from two points on the same horizontal level. ↘a chain forming such a curve. adjective of, involving, or denoting a catenary. Origin C18: from L. catenarius relating… …   English new terms dictionary

  • catenary — cat•e•nar•y [[t]ˈkæt nˌɛr i[/t]] esp. brit. [[t]kəˈti nə ri[/t]] n. pl. nar•ies, adj. 1) math. the curve assumed approximately by a heavy uniform cord or chain hanging freely from two points not in the same vertical line. Equation: y = k cosh… …   From formal English to slang

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