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Old 11-10-2013
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Re: Caternary & Chain...

Originally Posted by SVAuspicious View Post
Sorry - that I figured out what you meant when you misused a word doesn't mean your usage is okay. That simply isn't what a catenary means, particularly in a discussion relating to structural strength. Vocabulary IS important. Language is all we have to communicate with and if we don't use it properly we don't communicate effectively.

What (I think) you were describing is a valid and applicable factor in where a boat lies at anchor in light air. The word you used is not appropriate.

A catenary is:

The four dictionaries I checked concur. I did not find any definition that uses the terminology similar.

Of course dictionaries do track common usage no matter how misleading. I'm still wound up over considering 'presently' and 'currently' as synonyms so maybe it's just me.
Come on professor. Looking this up took 5 seconds. Note 2.

Definition of CATENARY

1: the curve assumed by a cord of uniform density and cross section that is perfectly flexible but not capable of being stretched and that hangs freely from two fixed points

2: something in the form of a catenary
— catenary adjective
Catenary - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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