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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed points.

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  • The term catenary comes from the curve created by the sagging of a wire or chain between two points.
  • (The catenary is the curve of a flexible cable suspended by its ends and acted on by gravity.)
  • - Instead of a flat roof, the main chapel has a distinctively curved ceiling called a catenary arch.
  • The shape of the curve a catenary is the one that minimizes the potential energy of the entire chain. for more
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