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funicular

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adjective fu·nic·u·lar \fyu̇-ˈni-kyə-lər, fə-\

Definition of funicular

  1. 1 :  having the form of or associated with a cord usually under tension

  2. 2 [New Latin funiculus] :  of, relating to, or being a funiculus

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or being a funicular <a funicular system>



Origin and Etymology of funicular

Latin funiculus


First Known Use: 1664


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funicular

noun fu·nic·u·lar

Simple Definition of funicular

  • : a railway going up and down a mountain that carries people in cars pulled by a moving cable

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of funicular

  1. :  a cable railway ascending a mountain; especially :  one in which an ascending car counterbalances a descending car

Did You Know?

You may have fun on a funicular, but the word is not related to "fun" (which comes to us from an English dialect verb meaning "to hoax"). The noun "funicular" descends from an earlier adjective funicular, meaning "relating to a cord under tension." It was also influenced by "funiculaire," a French word used for a type of railway that is dependent upon cables (or on "cords under tension"). Ultimately, these terms trace back to the Latin noun funiculus, meaning "small rope." "Funicular" first appeared in print as an adjective in English in 1664; the noun has been with us since the early 20th century.

1911

First Known Use of funicular

1911


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funicular

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adjective fu·nic·u·lar \fyu̇-ˈnik-yə-lər, fə-\

Medical Definition of funicular

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a funiculus




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