paternoster[pät′ər näs′tər, pat′-]
paternoster definition by Webster's New World
- the Lord's Prayer, esp. in Latinoften Pater Noster
- one of the large beads of a rosary on which the Lord's Prayer is said
- Archaic a rosary
- a muttered prayer or incantation
Origin: Middle English ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin Pater noster, opening words of the Lord's Prayer ; from Classical Latin pater, father plush noster, our: see nostrum
paternoster definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- often Paternoster The Lord's Prayer.
- One of the large beads on a rosary on which the Lord's Prayer is said.
- A sequence of words spoken as a prayer or a magic formula.
- A weighted fishing line having several jointed attachments for hooks connected by beadlike swivels.
- An elevator constructed of a series of doorless compartments hung on chains that move slowly and continuously, allowing passengers to step on and off at will.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin : Latin pater, father; see Pater + Latin noster, our; see nes-2 in Indo-European roots.