Catenary meaning

kătn-ĕrē, kə-tēnə-rē
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The curve formed by a perfectly flexible, uniformly dense, and inextensible cable suspended from its endpoints. It is identical to the graph of a hyperbolic cosine.
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Something having the general shape of this curve.
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The curve made by a flexible, uniform chain or cord freely suspended between two fixed points.
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Designating or of such a curve.
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Relating to a chain; like a chain.
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(geometry) The curve described by a flexible chain or a rope if it is supported at each end and is acted upon only by no other forces than a uniform gravitational force due to its own weight.
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(nautical) The curve of an anchor cable from the seabed to the vessel; it should be horizontal at the anchor so as to bury the flukes.
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A system of overhead power lines that provide trains, trolleys, buses, etc., with electricity, having a straight conductor wire and a bowed suspension cable.
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Origin of catenary

  • New Latin catēnāria from Latin feminine of catēnārius relating to a chain from catēna chain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin catenaria, in turn from Latin catēna (“chain”). Attested since 1788.

    From Wiktionary