from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to a chain; like a chain.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to a chain; like a chain. Also catenarian.
- n. A catenary curve.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed points
New Latin catēnāria, from Latin, feminine of catēnārius, relating to a chain, from catēna, chain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin catenaria, in turn from Latin catēna ("chain"). Attested since 1788. (Wiktionary)