from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a rope or cord.
  • adj. Operated or moved by a cable.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a funiculus.
  • n. A cable railway on a steep incline, especially such a railway with simultaneously ascending and descending cars counterbalancing one another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, resembling, or powered by a rope or cable
  • adj. Having a fleshy covering of the seed formed from the funiculus, the attachment point of the seed.
  • n. A particular type of rail transit system which ascends a steep urban or mountain incline, having usually two cars sharing a single track, with the cars linked by a cable and an arrangement of pulleys such that the descending car assists in the hoisting of the ascending car, i.e. the two cars serve as counterweights for each other.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of a small cord or fiber.
  • adj. Dependent on the tension of a cord.
  • adj. Pertaining to a funiculus; made up of, or resembling, a funiculus, or funiculi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the character of a funicle; constituting a funiculus; relating to the hypothesis of a funiculus, or self-contracting ether.
  • In anatomy, relating or pertaining to the funis umbilicalis: as, the funicular process of the peritoneum.
  • n. The funicular polygon.
  • In anatomy: Resembling a cord or rope: a term used in describing the arrangement of muscle- or nerve-fibers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or operated by a cable
  • n. a railway up the side of a mountain pulled by a moving cable and having counterbalancing ascending and descending cars


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From Latin fūniculus ("cord"), diminutive from fūnis ("cord") + -culus.


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  • That's why it's called a funicular, in my opinion.

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  • They had come up by the funicular, meaning to walk next morning down to Chambéry, but whether they could do so or not depended on the weather.

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  • After a decades-long struggle to win approval for a 121-acre gated community of 118 homes and a resort on a commanding bluff in Dana Point, developers made extraordinary concessions for public access, including four access points and an inclined railway called a "funicular" that shuttles visitors to a secluded beach known as the Strand.

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