in mathematics, a curve that describes the shape of a flexible hanging chain or cablethe name derives from the Latin catenaria (`chain`). Any freely ... [3 related articles]
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In physics and geometry, the catenary is the curve that an idealized hanging cable or chain with very short links assumes under its own weight when supported only at its ends. The curve has a U-like shape, superficially similar in appearance to a parabola (though mathematically quite different). It...
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the shape of the curve assumed by a perfectly flexible, inextensible cord suspended at its ends, and given by the equation: In practice, the simple parabola is often used, which represents the first two terms of the series expansion of the equation of the catenary NOTE - The catenary curve represent...
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a longitudinal cable supporting the contact wire or wires either directly or indirectly
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The shape that a rope or telephone cable makes, under the influence of gravity, when suspended between two points. The word comes from the Latin catena, meaning 'chain,' and was first used by Christiaan Huygens while studying the form of suspended chains. Galileo thought the shape would be a parab.....
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A catenary is a curve taken up by a flexible cable suspended between two points, under gravity. For example, the curve of overhead suspension cables that hold the conductor wire of an electric railroad or tramway.
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Originally the term used to denote an overhead power line support wire derived from the curve a suspended wire naturally assumes under the force of gravity. Now adopted to mean the whole overhead line system. See overhead.
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1) Curve 2) Curved shape
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