Definitions for funicularfyuˈnɪk yə lər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cable railway, funicular, funicular railway(adj)

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

  2. funicular(adj)

    relating to or operated by a cable

    "funicular railway"


  1. funicular(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.

  2. funicular(Adjective)

    Of, pertaining to, resembling, or powered by a rope or cable

  3. funicular(Adjective)

    Having a fleshy covering of the seed formed from the funiculus, the attachment point of the seed.

  4. Origin: From funiculus, diminutive from funis + -culus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Funicular(adj)

    consisting of a small cord or fiber

  2. Funicular(adj)

    dependent on the tension of a cord

  3. Funicular(adj)

    pertaining to a funiculus; made up of, or resembling, a funiculus, or funiculi; as, a funicular ligament

  4. Origin: [Cf. F. funiculaire.]


  1. Funicular

    A funicular, also known as an inclined plane or cliff railway, is a cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails moves them up and down a steep slope; the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalance each other.

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