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 (pā′tər-nŏs′tər, pä′-, păt′ər-)
1. often Paternoster The Lord's Prayer.
2. One of the large beads on a rosary on which the Lord's Prayer is said.
3. A sequence of words spoken as a prayer or a magic formula.
4. A weighted fishing line having several jointed attachments for hooks connected by beadlike swivels.
5. An elevator constructed of a series of doorless compartments hung on chains that move slowly and continuously, allowing passengers to step on and off at will.

[Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin : Latin pater, father; see pater + Latin noster, our; see nes- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the beads at the ends of each decade of the rosary marking the points at which the Paternoster is recited
2. (Roman Catholic Church) any fixed form of words used as a prayer or charm
3. (Angling) Also called: paternoster line a type of fishing tackle in which short lines and hooks are attached at intervals to the main line
4. (Mechanical Engineering) a type of lift in which platforms are attached to continuous chains. The lift does not stop at each floor but passengers enter while it is moving
[Latin, literally: our father (from the opening of the Lord's Prayer)]


n (sometimes not capital)
1. (Roman Catholic Church) the Lord's Prayer, esp in Latin
2. (Roman Catholic Church) the recital of this as an act of devotion
[see paternoster]
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(ˈpeɪ tərˈnɒs tər, ˈpɑ-, ˈpæt ər-)

1. (often cap.) Also, Pa′ter Nos′ter. the Lord's Prayer, esp. in the Latin form.
2. a recitation of this prayer as an act of worship.
3. one of certain large beads in a rosary, indicating that the Lord's Prayer is to be said.
4. any fixed recital of words used as a prayer or magical charm.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English: Lord's prayer < Latin pater noster our father, its first two words in the Vulgate]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Paternoster - (Roman Catholic Church) the Lord's Prayer in Latin; translates as `our father'
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
2.paternoster - 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
elevator, lift - lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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[ˈpætəˈnɒstəʳ] Npadrenuestro m
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n (= prayer)Vaterunser nt, → Paternoster nt; (= paternoster bead)Vaterunserperle f; (= lift)Paternoster m
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References in classic literature ?
Tom was hanging over his Latin grammar, moving his lips inaudibly like a strict but impatient Catholic repeating his tale of paternosters; and Philip, at the other end of the room, was busy with two volumes, with a look of contented diligence that excited Maggie's curiosity; he did not look at all as if he were learning a lesson.
He then asked for some vial to pour it into, and as there was not one in the inn, he decided on putting it into a tin oil-bottle or flask of which the host made him a free gift; and over the flask he repeated more than eighty paternosters and as many more ave-marias, salves, and credos, accompanying each word with a cross by way of benediction, at all which there were present Sancho, the innkeeper, and the cuadrillero; for the carrier was now peacefully engaged in attending to the comfort of his mules.
Thirteen paternosters are assigned by our pious founder for matins, and nine for vespers; be those services doubled by thee.
Henry Flack will perform the honour tomorrow as part of the health charity's St John's Day celebrations, which will include a service in the cathedral and a day of family-friendly activities in nearby Paternoster Square.
A large police cordon remained in place on Sunday afternoon, stretching from near the Wolverhampton Civic Hall off Mitre Fold and North Street, taking in Paternoster Row and the Molineux Subway under Ring Road St Peter's.
I recall nervously bickering with my husband as we drove to Paternoster, the West Coast fishing village where Kobus forages and cooks - what if the forager spiel was overhyped?
Raymond James Paternoster, 58, of Old Durham Road, Gateshead, was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in jail at Newcastle Crown Court in September.
In order to emphasize to students of criminology and criminal justice the importance of statistics in those professions, Paternoster and Bachman link the teaching of "how to calculate and interpret statistics" with contemporary research examples from the field.
The demo stemmed from the concern at the recent takeover ofWoolies by city consortium Paternoster, which had caused uncertainty about future employment prospects.
If you're lucky enough to get picked you get to dine at the Paternoster Chop House - next to St Pauls - without having to go through a cringe worthy filmed date - and you'll even get some cash towards the meal.