Definition of catenary
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
Recent Examples of catenary from the Web
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Origin and Etymology of catenary
New Latin catenaria, from Latin, feminine of catenarius of a chain, from catena
First Known Use: 1788
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