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catenary

/kəˈtiːnərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
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
2.
the hanging cable between pylons along a railway track, from which the trolley wire is suspended
adjective
3.
of, resembling, relating to, or constructed using a catenary or suspended chain
Word Origin
C18: from Latin catēnārius relating to a chain
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