Catenary
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]

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  • 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

  • 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… …   Australian English dictionary

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