American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Something having the general shape of this curve.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to a chain; like a chain. Also catenarian.
- n. A catenary curve.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A system of overhead power lines that provide trains, trolleys, buses, etc., with electricity, having a straight conductor wire and a bowed suspension cable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Relating to a chain; like a chain.
- n. (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.
- n. the curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed points
- From Late Latin catenaria, in turn from Latin catēna ("chain"). Attested since 1788. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin catēnāria, from Latin, feminine of catēnārius, relating to a chain, from catēna, chain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term catenary comes from the curve created by the sagging of a wire or chain between two points.”
“Get the N.E. corridors speeds ups by replacing catenary from the 1930’s, better superelevation, equipment et al. That’s only a start as the rest of the country needs upgrading as well.”
“A catenary is a cross between a cat and a canary, and if you keep one you must discipline it strongly to make sure it does not eat itself.”
“A catenary is the "curve made by a freely flexible chain or cord when hanging between two fixed points" Webster's New World.”
“(The catenary is the curve of a flexible cable suspended by its ends and acted on by gravity.)”
“A catenary is the curve defined by a rope or chain hanging loosely from two supports, like a "U"with a detachable jaw.”
“The shape of the curve a catenary is the one that minimizes the potential energy of the entire chain.”
“These cables would be as much as fifteen inches in diameter and each would hang over the river in what is known as a catenary curve, that perfect natural form taken by any rope or cable suspended from two points, which in this case were the summits of the two stone towers.”
“To eliminate any possibility of the trolley wire breaking, a strong steel cable, called a catenary, was slung just above the trolley wire.”
“Where, as is generally the case, the shape of the cone is determined by the distribution of the falling cinders or divided lava which constitutes the mass of most cones, the slope is in general that known as a catenary curve -- i.e., the line formed by a chain hanging between two points at some distance from the vertical.”
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