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Definition of "funicular" [fu•nic•u•lar]

  • Of, relating to, or resembling a rope or cord. (adjective)
  • Operated or moved by a cable. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or constituting a funiculus. (adjective)
  • A cable railway on a steep incline, especially such a railway with simultaneously ascending and descending cars counterbalancing one another. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "funicular" in a sentence
  • "The clue had the word funicular on it, besides, Amazing Racers have been on them a few times before."
  • "I learned that the funicular is the oldest continuously operating one in the United States, originally built by German immigrants who modeled it after ones in their homeland."
  • "We decided this was the perfect opportunity to finally ride the Bergbahn aka funicular railway to the top of the Koenigstuhl, or "King's Chair", the highest hill near Heidelberg."