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paternoster

[pey-ter-nos-ter, pah‐, pat-er‐] /ˈpeɪ tərˈnɒs tər, ˈpɑ‐, ˈpæt ər‐/
noun
1.
(often initial capital letter). Also, Pater Noster. the Lord's Prayer, especially in the Latin form.
2.
a recitation of this prayer as an act of worship.
3.
one of certain beads in a rosary, regularly every 11th bead, differing in size or material from the rest and indicating that the Lord's Prayer is to be said.
4.
any fixed recital of words used as a prayer or magical charm.
5.
a doorless, continuously moving elevator for passengers or goods, having numerous platforms or compartments that rise or descend on a moving chain.
6.
(initial capital letter) Architecture, pearl molding.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English: Lord's prayer < Latin pater noster our father, its first two words in the Vulgate (Matthew VI: 9
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British Dictionary definitions for paternoster

paternoster

/ˌpætəˈnɒstə/
noun
1.
(RC Church) the beads at the ends of each decade of the rosary marking the points at which the Paternoster is recited
2.
any fixed form of words used as a prayer or charm
3.
Also called paternoster line. a type of fishing tackle in which short lines and hooks are attached at intervals to the main line
4.
a type of lift in which platforms are attached to continuous chains. The lift does not stop at each floor but passengers enter while it is moving
Word Origin
Latin, literally: our father (from the opening of the Lord's Prayer)

Paternoster

/ˌpætəˈnɒstə/
noun (sometimes not capital) (RC Church)
1.
the Lord's Prayer, esp in Latin
2.
the recital of this as an act of devotion
Word Origin
see paternoster
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Word Origin and History for paternoster
n.

"the Lord's Prayer," Old English Pater Noster, from Latin pater noster "our father," first words of the Lord's Prayer in Latin. Meaning "set of rosary beads" first recorded mid-13c. Paternoster Row, near St. Paul's in London (similarly named streets are found in other cathedral cities), reflects the once-important industry of rosary bead-making.

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