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catenary

[ kat-n-er-ee; especially British kuh-tee-nuh-ree ]
/ ˈkæt nˌɛr i; especially British kəˈti nə ri /
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noun, plural cat·e·nar·ies.
Mathematics. the curve assumed approximately by a heavy uniform cord or chain hanging freely from two points not in the same vertical line. Equation: y = kcosh(x/k).
(in electric railroads) the cable, running above the track, from which the trolley wire is suspended.
adjective
of, relating to, or resembling a catenary.
of or relating to a chain or linked series.
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Origin of catenary

1780–90; <Latin catēnārius relating to a chain, equivalent to catēn(a) a chain + -ārius-ary
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British Dictionary definitions for catenary

catenary
/ (kəˈtiːnərɪ) /

noun plural -ries
the curve assumed by a heavy uniform flexible cord hanging freely from two points. When symmetrical about the y- axis and intersecting it at y = a, the equation is y = a cosh x / a
the hanging cable between pylons along a railway track, from which the trolley wire is suspended
adjective Also: catenarian (ˌkætɪˈnɛərɪən)
of, resembling, relating to, or constructed using a catenary or suspended chain

Word Origin for catenary

C18: from Latin catēnārius relating to a chain
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