Definition of Funicular

1. Noun. A railway up the side of a mountain pulled by a moving cable and having counterbalancing ascending and descending cars.

2. Adjective. Relating to or operated by a cable. "Funicular railway"
Partainyms: Cable

Definition of Funicular

1. a. Consisting of a small cord or fiber.

Definition of Funicular

1. Adjective. Of, pertaining to, resembling, or powered by a rope or cable ¹

2. Adjective. (botany) Having a fleshy covering of the seed formed from the funiculus, the attachment point of the seed. ¹

3. Noun. A particular type of rail transit system which ascends a steep urban or mountain incline, having usually two cars sharing a single track, with the cars linked by a cable and an arrangement of pulleys such that the descending car assists in the hoisting of the ascending car, i.e. the two cars serve as counterweights for each other. ¹

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Definition of Funicular

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Medical Definition of Funicular

1. 1. Consisting of a small cord or fibre. 2. Dependent on the tension of a cord. 3. Pertaining to a funiculus; made up of, or resembling, a funiculus, or funiculi; as, a funicular ligament. Funicular action, the polygonal figure assumed by a cord fastened at its extremities, and sustaining weights at different points. Origin: Cf. F. Funiculaire. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Funicular

fungus family
fungus genus
fungus gnat
fungus kingdom
fungus order
funicular (current term)
funicular graft
funicular myelitis
funicular myelosis
funicular railway
funicular souffle
funiculi medullae spinalis

Literary usage of Funicular

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1. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1908)
"5 (a), of the funicular are arbitrary, it is evident that to any system of ... The vertex M of the funicular, however, is always on the line of action of ..."

2. A Text Book on Graphic Statics by Charles Wesley Malcolm (1909)
"49- Relation Between Different funicular Polygons for the Same ... It will now be shown that if two funicular polygons are drawn, using the same forces and ..."

3. The School of Mines Quarterly by Columbia University School of Chemistry (1909)
"I) may be regarded as a funicular polygon for definite forces Pl-Pt-Pt... and these forces may be assumed to act in any direction through the corners or ..."

4. Text-book of Mechanics by Louis Adolphe Martin (1911)
"Bending Moments by Means of the funicular Polygon. ... The vertical distance m between the closing line of the funicular polygon, oc, and oa is proportional ..."

5. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"These are congenital, infantile, encysted, and hernia of the funicular process. Congenital Hernia (Fig. ... Hernia into the funicular Process (Fig. 584, E). ..."

6. The Principles of Graphic Statics by George Sydenham Clarke Sydenham of Combe (1897)
"P6 with respect to any pole 0 closes, then the funicular polygon Bt .. ... The funicular polygon (Fig. 17) was drawn starting from the point t; ..."

7. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1893)
"These are congenital, infantile, encysted, and hernia of the funicular process. Congenital Hernia (Fig. ... Hernia into the funicular Process (Fig. 625, K). ..."

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