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catenary Explained

catenary at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1788, from L. catenanus, from catena "chain." ///

catenary at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

30 Moby Thesaurus words for "catenary":
arc, bow, cadence, catacaustic, caustic, circle, conchoid, crook,
curl, curve, decline, decurrence, diacaustic, droop, ellipse,
festoon, hook, hyperbola, lapse, lituus, lowering, parabola, sag,
sinkage, sinus, slump, submergence, subsidence, swag, tracery

Catenary at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Catenary \Cat"e*na*ry\, Catenarian \Cat`e*na"ri*an\, a. [L.
catenarius, fr. catena a chain. See {Chain}.]
Relating to a chain; like a chain; as, a {catenary} curve.

Catenary \Cat"e*na*ry\, n.; pl. {Catenaries}. (Geol.)
The curve formed by a rope or chain of uniform density and
perfect flexibility, hanging freely between two points of
suspension, not in the same vertical line.

catenary at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : the curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and
inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section
hanging freely from two fixed points

catenary at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » LL. Inter: term » catenaria, in turn from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » catena|catēna|chain|lang=la. Attested since 1788.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /kəˈtiːn.əɹi/|/kəˈtɛn.æɹi/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /k@"ti:n.@ri/|/k@"tEn.{ri/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /'kæt n ˌɛɹ i/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"k{t n %Er\ i/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-catenary.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-noun » catenaries

  • Inter: geometr » y The curve described by a flexible chain or a rope if it is supported at each end and is acted upon only by no other forces than a uniform gravitational force due to its own weight.
    1. Inter: nautica » l The curve of an anchor cable from the seabed to the vessel; it should be horizontal at the anchor so as to bury the flukes.
    2. A system of overhead power lines that provide trains, trolleys, buses, etc., with electricity, having a straight conductor wire and a bowed suspension cable.

    File:Catenary-pm.png|Diagram of geometric representation of catenaries
    File: Floating loose mooring catenary plain.svg|Example of a bouy floating in the water with the mooring lines being in catenary curve shapes
    File:Oberleitung der italienischen Bahn am Bahnhof Lucca.jpg|Catenary cable for a railroad line.


    Inter: trans-top » curve of a flexible chain
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|kettinglijn|f
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|ketjukäyrä
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|chaînette|f
    • German: Inter: t- » de|Kettenlinie|f
    • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|קו שרשרת|m|tr=kav sharshéret

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|catenaria|f
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|цепная Inter: t+ » ru|линия|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|catenaria|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|kedjekurva|c

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » curve of an anchor cable
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|cuar|m, Inter: t- » ga|cuar slabhra|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » power lines above trolley tracks
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|ajolanka
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Oberleitung|f
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|контактная сеть|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|catenaria|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

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