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Meaning of CATENARY

Pronunciation:  'kat`neree

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed points

CATENARY is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: curve, curved shape



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
Thesaurus Terms
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