noun, plural cat·e·nar·ies.
Origin of catenary
Examples from the Web for catenary
The surface formed by revolving the catenary about its directrix is named the alysseide.
The versed sine, or deflection of the middle of the catenary, was 50 feet.The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer|Isambard Brunel
One of the most laborious and practically useful works of Giddy was a treatise on the properties of the Catenary Curve.Cornish Characters|S. Baring-Gould
Not at all: the catenary appears actually every time that weight and flexibility act in concert.The Life of the Spider|J. Henri Fabre
The only surface of revolution having this property is the catenoid formed by the revolution of a catenary about its directrix.
British Dictionary definitions for catenary
noun plural -ries
adjective Also: catenarian (ˌkætɪˈnɛərɪən)
Word Origin for catenary
Word Origin and History for catenary
1872, from Latin catenarius "relating to a chain," from catenanus "chained, fettered," from catena "chain, fetter, shackle" (see chain (n.)). As a noun from 1788 in mathematics. Related: Catenarian.