- 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
Origin of paternosterMiddle English from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin from Ecclesiastical Late Latin Pater noster, opening words of the Lord's Prayer from Classical Latin pater, father + noster, our: see nostrum
- 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 of paternosterMiddle English from Old English from Late LatinLatin pater father ; see pater . Latin noster our ; see nes-2 in Indo-European roots.
- The Lord's prayer, especially in a Roman Catholic context.
- Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.
- (archaic) A rosary; a string of beads used in counting the prayers said.
- A slow, continuously moving lift or elevator consisting of a loop of open fronted cabins running the height of a building. The moving compartment is entered at one level and left when the desired level is reached. Found in some university libraries. Named after the string of prayer beads due to their similar arrangement.
- (archaic) A patent medicine. So named because the salesman would pray the Lord's prayer over it before selling it.
- (fishing, Australia) A tackle rig with a heavy sinker at the end of the line and one or more hooks on traces at right angles, spaced above the sinker.