Meaning of catenary

cat•e•nar•y

Pronunciation: (kat'n-er"ē esp. Brit. k&schwa-tē'n&schwa-rē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -nar•ies,
—n.
  1. the curve assumed approximately by a heavy uniform cord or chain hanging freely from two points not in the same vertical line. Equation:cosh(x/k). y = k
  2. (in electric railroads) the cable, running above the track, from which the trolley wire is suspended.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a catenary.
  2. of or pertaining to a chain or linked series.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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