catena n : a chain of connected ideas or passages or objects so arranged that each member is closely related to the preceding and following members (especially a series of patristic comments elucidating Christian dogma) [also: catenae (pl)]
The word catena (often with Latin-type plural catenae) has various meanings:
- It is the Latin word for "chain".
- A sequence of soil profiles along a hillslope.
- A chain of similarly sized impact craters, in planetary geology.
- The Counts of Catena is a title held by certain members of the Maltese nobility.
- The Catena is a prayer said daily by members of the Legion of Mary. It consists mainly of the Magnificat.
- A collection of commentaries on Bible books.
- The International Masonic Union Catena, a masonic organization.
- A prefix used in inorganic chemical nomenclature to indicate a chain structure.
- An anthropomorphic web comic "Catena" by artist Tracy Bailey.
catena in Catalan: Catena
catena in French: Catena
catena in Italian: Catena