Meaning of FUNICULAR in English


I. (ˈ)fyü|nikyələ(r), f(y)əˈn- adjective

Etymology: Latin funicul us + English -ar

1. : dependent on the tension of a cord or cable

2. : having the form of or associated with a cord


[New Latin funicul us + English -ar ]

: of or consisting of a funiculus

II. noun

or funicular railway also fu·nic·u·laire  ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|la(a)](ə)r, -|le], ]ə\

( -s )

Etymology: funicular (II) (translation of French funiculaire, n.) from funicular (I) ; funicular railway (probably translation of French chemin de fer funiculaire ) from funicular (I) + railway; funiculaire from French funiculaire, n., from funiculaire, adjective, funicular, from Latin funiculus + French -aire -ary (from Latin -arius )

: a cable railway ascending a mountain ; especially : one having the weight of an ascending car partly or wholly counterbalanced by the weight of a descending car

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