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[fyoo-nik-yuh-ler] /fyuˈnɪk yə lər/
of or relating to a rope or cord, or its tension.
worked by a rope or the like.
Origin of funicular
1655-65; < Latin fūnicul(us) (see funiculus) + -ar1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • These were the days before the funicular from Stresa, when one trudged up a rude path through the chestnuts and walnuts.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
  • They start along the terrace toward the station of the funicular railway.

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
  • Now the first excitement of my own life was on such a rail, which seemed a funicular made for my special benefit.

    Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
  • Can't you get aboard the funicular yourself and start your journey?

    A Big Temptation L. T. Meade
  • This is the origin of the names “link-polygon” and “funicular” (cf. 2).

  • The case of the funicular polygon will be of use to us later.

  • "It must be jolly to run the funicular up Parnassus," said Sylvia to this young man.

    The Vanity Girl Compton Mackenzie
  • They insisted on bringing us down early for the funicular, and here are your bags.

    Irma in Italy Helen Leah Reed
  • From the river a funicular leads up to the broad terraces in front of the Pavilion.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
British Dictionary definitions for funicular


Also called funicular railway. a railway up the side of a mountain, consisting of a counterbalanced car sat either end of a cable passing round a driving wheel at the summit
relating to or operated by a rope, cable, etc
of or relating to a funicle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for funicular

1660s, from Latin funiculus, diminutive of funis "a cord, rope."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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