Definition of catena in English:


Line breaks: ca¦tena
Pronunciation: /kəˈtiːnə

noun (plural catenae /-niː/ or catenas)

1A connected series or chain.
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  • Since then catenas have been recognized in a variety of areas and under a variety of climatic conditions, an indication of the strength of the relationship between soil and topography.
  • Equation 2, though derived for the growth of cells, may be used to conceptualize how water transport from selected points along the soil - stem - leaf catena affects the growth of leaves.
1.1A connected series of texts written by early Christian theologians.
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  • 5 This verse was also used in the previous sermon as one of the quotations in the catena of Scripture referred to.
  • Finally, in ‘The Law of the Spirit,’ Newman, again using 6: 11 in a catena of verses, unabashedly declares the inward transformation of the sinner; we are made righteous.


mid 17th century: from Latin, 'chain', originally in catena patrum 'chain of the (Church) Fathers'.

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