from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A closely linked series, especially of excerpted writings or commentaries.
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- n. A series of related items.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A chain or series of things connected with each other.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chain; a connected series of notions, arguments, or objects generally; a series of which each part or member has a close connection, like that of a link, with the preceding and following parts.
- n. A methodized series of selections from different authors to elucidate a doctrine or a system of doctrines; specifically, such a set of quotations from the church fathers to assist in the study of Christian dogmatics or biblical exegesis: as, the Catena Aurea of St. Thomas Aquinas.
- n. An Italian measure of length, a chain, equal in Naples to 52.07 feet, and in Palermo to 26.09 feet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a chain of connected ideas or passages or objects so arranged that each member is closely related to the preceding and following members (especially a series of patristic comments elucidating Christian dogma)
An even more fitting example of the catena is offered by the catena aurea, or Golden Chain.
To this end he drew up, in chronological order, a kind of catena of the historical texts on which the tradition rested.
Midrash Mishle, on Proverbs; (11) Yalqut Shimeoni, a kind of catena extending over all the Hebrew Scriptures.
Francis Lendacky)The Latin word "catena" means "chain" and it is this prayer the only one every Legionary is obliged to recite daily) which binds together the Legionaries, who, though part of one army, are scattered all over the world labouring in a multitude of vineyards.
"catena,"  beside which there was ever standing an usher, who opened or closed it according as he was commanded by those in authority.
A Kos diarist has assembled a catena of comments from p. o.'d RedState bloggers.
The distribution of dry evergreen forest habitats across a landscape catena is largely a function of gradients of soil moisture availability, with soil parent material unimportant.
Et inde catena quaedam fit, quae haeredes etiam ligat.
When I was in Venice in 1818, at which time the genuine Venetian chain was still being made, a goldsmith told me that those who made the catena fina turned blind at thirty.
An ancient catena continues the Greek for several lines further.