Meaning of CATENARY in English



Pronunciation: ' ka-t ə - ˌ ner- ē , - ˌ ne-r ē , esp Brit k ə - ' t ē -n ə -r ē

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural -nar · ies

Etymology: New Latin catenaria, from Latin, feminine of catenarius of a chain, from catena

Date: 1788

1 : the curve assumed by a cord of uniform density and cross section that is perfectly flexible but not capable of being stretched and that hangs freely from two fixed points

2 : something in the form of a catenary

– catenary adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.