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noun Geometry.
  1. the surface generated by rotating a catenary about its axis of symmetry.
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Origin of catenoid

1875–80; < Latin catēn(a) a chain + -oid
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Examples from the Web for catenoid

Historical Examples

  • We shall notice only two of them, the cylinder and the catenoid.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3


  • The only surface of revolution having this property is the catenoid formed by the revolution of a catenary about its directrix.

  • I called one of the bubble forms, if you remember, by its name, catenoid; this is produced when there is no pressure.


    C. V. Boys

British Dictionary definitions for catenoid


  1. the geometrical surface generated by rotating a catenary about its axis
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