Definitions for: Funicular

[n] a railway up the side of a mountain pulled by a moving cable and having counterbalancing ascending and descending cars
[adj] relating to or operated by a cable; "funicular railway"

Webster (1913) Definition: Fu*nic"u*lar, a. [Cf. F. funiculaire.]
1. Consisting of a small cord or fiber.

2. Dependent on the tension of a cord.

3. (Anat.) Pertaining to a funiculus; made up of, or
resembling, a funiculus, or funiculi; as, a funicular

Funicular action (Mech.), the force or action exerted by a
rope in drawing together the supports to which its ends
are Fastened, when acted upon by forces applied in a
direction transverse to the rope, as in the archer's bow.

Funicular curve. Same as Catenary.

Funicular machine (Mech.), an apparatus for illustrating
certain principles in statics, consisting of a cord or
chain attached at one end to a fixed point, and having the
other passed over a pulley and sustaining a weight, while
one or more other weights are suspended from the cord at
points between the fixed support and the pulley.

Funicular polygon (Mech.), the polygonal figure assumed by
a cord fastened at its extremities, and sustaining weights
at different points.

Synonyms: cable railway, funicular railway

See Also: cable car, car, railroad, railroad line, railway, railway line, railway system

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