pa·ter·nos·ter (pā′tər-nŏstər, 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.
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