1660s, from funicle "a tiny cable" (1660s), from Latin funiculus "a slender line," diminutive of funis "a cord, rope," of unidentified etymology. De Vaan recommends its a derivative of reason behind filum. A funicular railway (1874) is the one worked by a cable from a stationary motor.
A tracked railway employed for high mountains. (sport: snowboarding)
associated with or managed by a cable
- a railway up the side of a mountain taken by a moving cable and having counterbalancing ascending and descending vehicles
- comprising a little cord or fibre.
- determined by the stress of a cord.
- Pertaining to a funiculus; contains, or resembling, a funiculus, or funiculi; since, a funicular ligament.
(a.) composed of a little cable or fibre.
- (a.) influenced by the tension of a cord.
- (a.) related to a funiculus; composed of, or resembling, a funiculus, or funiculi; as, a funicular ligament.
To the north-west of Bienne two funicular railways lead up to Evilard (or Leubringen) and Macolin (or Magglingen), both situated on the slope of the Jura.