Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun The funicular polygon.
  • In anatomy: Resembling a cord or rope: a term used in describing the arrangement of muscle- or nerve-fibers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Consisting of a small cord or fiber.
  • adjective Dependent on the tension of a cord.
  • adjective (Anat.) Pertaining to a funiculus; made up of, or resembling, a funiculus, or funiculi.
  • adjective (Mech.) the force or action exerted by a rope in drawing together the supports to which its ends are Fastened, when acted upon by forces applied in a direction transverse to the rope, as in the archer's bow.
  • adjective Same as Catenary.
  • adjective (Mech.) an apparatus for illustrating certain principles in statics, consisting of a cord or chain attached at one end to a fixed point, and having the other passed over a pulley and sustaining a weight, while one or more other weights are suspended from the cord at points between the fixed support and the pulley.
  • adjective (Mech.) the polygonal figure assumed by a cord fastened at its extremities, and sustaining weights at different points.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, resembling, or powered by a rope or cable
  • adjective botany Having a fleshy covering of the seed formed from the funiculus, the attachment point of the seed.
  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • The clue had the word funicular on it, besides, Amazing Racers have been on them a few times before.

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  • I learned that the funicular is the oldest continuously operating one in the United States, originally built by German immigrants who modeled it after ones in their homeland.

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  • We decided this was the perfect opportunity to finally ride the Bergbahn aka funicular railway to the top of the Koenigstuhl, or "King's Chair", the highest hill near Heidelberg.

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  • They know that the funicular is the only way to get to Aiglemont, and they will have anticipated every possible covert and forced use of it to gain access to the Château.

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  • They know that the funicular is the only way to get to Aiglemont, and they will have anticipated every possible covert and forced use of it to gain access to the Château.

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  • To get to the lodge he was staying in, Jeff and I had to park at the bottom of a ski slope and ride up on this crazy contraption called a funicular-basically a posh leather bound trolley that slides up the side of a hill.

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

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

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  • The catenary is a physical curve, sometimes identified as the funicular curve, rather than a formally geometric curve, a physical curve which lies at the center of the most crucial foundations of modern European physical science, including such outcomes as the Leibniz-Jean Bernouilli development of the crucial physical principle of a universal physical principle of least action.

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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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  • Example of a funicular railway in Capri, Italy.

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  • A railway with very particular boats

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