catenary

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noun cat·e·nary \ˈka-tə-ˌner-ē, -ˌne-rē, especially British kə-ˈtē-nə-rē\

Definition of catenary

plural

catenaries

  1. 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. 2 :  something in the form of a catenary

catenary

adjective

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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