Definition of Paternoster

1. Noun. (Roman Catholic Church) the Lord's Prayer in Latin; translates as 'our father'.

2. Noun. A type of lift having a chain of open compartments that move continually in an endless loop so that (agile) passengers can step on or off at each floor.

Definition of Paternoster

1. n. The Lord's prayer, so called from the first two words of the Latin version.

2. n. An elevator of an inclined endless traveling chain or belt bearing buckets or shelves which ascend on one side loaded, and empty themselves at the top.

Definition of Paternoster

1. Noun. The Lord's prayer, especially in a Roman Catholic context. ¹

2. Noun. (archaic) A rosary; a string of beads used in counting the prayers said. ¹

3. Noun. A slow, continuously moving lift or elevator consisting of a loop of open fronted cabins running the height of a building. The moving compartment is entered at one level and left when the desired level is reached. Found in some university libraries. Named after the string of prayer beads due to their similar ararngement. ¹

4. Noun. (archaic) A patent medicine. So named because the salesman would pray the Lord's prayer over it before selling it. ¹

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Definition of Paternoster

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Medical Definition of Paternoster

1. 1. The Lord's prayer, so called from the first two words of the Latin version. 2. A beadlike ornament in moldings. 3. A line with a row of hooks and beadshaped sinkers. Paternoster pump, Paternoster wheel, a chain pump; a noria. Paternoster while, the space of time required for repeating a paternoster. Origin: L, Our Father. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Paternoster

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The English Catalogue of Books by Sampson Low (1901)
"SON, 82 Fleet Street, EG PHILLIMORE & Co., 36 Essex Street, Strand, WC PHILLIPS & MOWLE, 11 Lovell's Court, paternoster Row, EG PITMAN (SiH ISAAC) & SONS, ..."

2. London and Its Environs: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm), Karl Baedeker (1902)
"The street round the cathedral, called St. Paul's Churchyard, was in the 16th cent, open to paternoster Row, with a few intervening ..."

3. Gentleman's Magazine Library edited by George Laurence Gomme, Frank Alexander Milne, Lady A C Bickley, Mrs Alice Bertha Merck Gomme (1904)
"EH [1828, Part I., t. 213.] paternoster Row. It is (I believe) pretty generally supposed that paternoster Row derived its name from the ..."

4. Essays in the Study of Folk-songs by Evelyn Martinengo Cesaresco (1886)
"THE WHITE paternoster. IN a paper published under the head of ... Mention of the White paternoster occurs again in White's Way to the True Church (1624): ..."

5. London and Its Environs: Including Excursions to Brighton, the Isle of Wight by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1885)
"paternoster Row. Peel's Statue. General Telegraph Office. Central Criminal Court. ... At the E. end of paternoster Row, at the entrance to Cheapside. (p. ..."

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