Meaning of paternoster

pa•ter•nos•ter

Pronunciation: (pā'tur-nos'tur, pä'-, pat'ur-), [key]
— n.
  1. (often cap.) the Lord's Prayer, esp. in the Latin form.
  2. a recitation of this prayer as an act of worship.
  3. one of certain beads in a rosary, regularly every 11th bead, differing in size or material from the rest and indicating that the Lord's Prayer is to be said.
  4. any fixed recital of words used as a prayer or magical charm.
  5. a doorless, continuously moving elevator for passengers or goods, having numerous platforms or compartments that rise or descend on a moving chain.
  6. (cap.) See
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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