What does funicular mean?

funicular meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.


funicular meaning in Sports Dictionary

A tracked railway employed for high mountains. (sport: snowboarding)


funicular meaning in General Dictionary

associated with or managed by a cable

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  • 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.

funicular meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) composed of a little cable or fibre.

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  • (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.

Sentence Examples with the word funicular

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.

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