Definitions for paternosterˈpeɪ tərˈnɒs tər, ˈpɑ-, ˈpæt ər-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Paternoster(noun)

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

  2. paternoster(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


  1. paternoster(Noun)

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

  2. paternoster(Noun)

    A rosary; a string of beads used in counting the prayers said.

  3. paternoster(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.

  4. paternoster(Noun)

    A patent medicine. So named because the salesman would pray the Lord's prayer over it before selling it.

  5. Origin: From pater noster (“our father”), the two first words of the Oratio Dominica.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paternoster(noun)

    the Lord's prayer, so called from the first two words of the Latin version

  2. Paternoster(noun)

    a beadlike ornament in moldings

  3. Paternoster(noun)

    a line with a row of hooks and bead/shaped sinkers

  4. Origin: [L., Our Father.]


  1. Paternoster

    A paternoster or paternoster lift is a passenger elevator which consists of a chain of open compartments that move slowly in a loop up and down inside a building without stopping. Passengers can step on or off at any floor they like. The same technique is also used for filing cabinets to store great amounts of documents or for small spare parts. As a result of safety issues, many such lifts have been shut down, however a small few survive around the world. The largest of these is located in the Arts Tower at the University of Sheffield, which also remains the tallest university-owned building in the UK.

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