Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


see Lord's PrayerLord's Prayer
or Our Father,
the principal Christian prayer that Jesus in the New Testament (Mat. 6.9–13; Luke 11.2–4) taught his followers, beginning, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
..... Click the link for more information.



a continuous-operation multicar passenger elevator. The term comes from the German Paternoster, which, in addition to its basic meaning of “the Lord’s Prayer,” had the acquired meaning of “rosary” (the elevator was named for its resemblance to the beads). The first paternoster was constructed in Hamburg in the late 19th century.

Used in office and public buildings to lift and lower passengers in a vertical direction, the paternoster has open, doorless cars that move at a speed of 0.25–0.3 m/sec and are positioned at a distance of 4–4.5 m from one another. Passengers enter and exit at each floor. The cars are designed for one to two passengers. They move in a shaft in one direction along a closed path. The plane-parallel motion and vertical position of the cars are provided for by the cars’ binary suspension at two diagonal upper points on two closed counterweight chains. The paternoster’s electric drive is usually located at the bottom, and the screw tensioning device for the lifting chains is at the top. In accordance with safety regulations, the paternoster has an automatic protection system that comes into operation, for example, in case of a break or inadmissible lengthening of the chains, pressure on the safety clack valves situated on the threshold of the car and the shaft openings, or pressure on the protective panels in the areas where the car shifts direction.

In comparison with intermittent-operation elevators, the paternoster has a short passenger-waiting time but a longer traveling time and a limited lifting height (10–12 floors). Paternosters have not gained wide acceptance.



A small round molding cut in the form of beads like a rosary; a bead molding.


RC Church
1. the Lord's Prayer, esp in Latin
2. the recital of this as an act of devotion
References in periodicals archive ?
Emap has recently announced a deal with Paternoster to buy out pension liabilities for some pounds 40 million above the accounting value of liabilities, which came as a pleasant surprise to Emap as previous estimates had been closer to pounds 70 million as a buyout premium to the accounting value.
Richard Willetts, "longevity director" at Paternoster, said: "As a regulated insurance company we are required to ensure our capital is sufficient to cover a wide range of possible future scenarios.
ANSWERS: 1 Paternoster Square; 2 Sir Lancelot; 3 Tenet; 4 The Liberty Bell; 5 The Caspian Sea; 6 John Toshack; 7 168; 8 Tina Turner; 9 Robin Hood: Men In Tights;
Contract award: uzp prague 6 and prague 7 - overhaul impeller lift - paternoster.
The Paternoster sculpture by Elizabeth Frink is decorated in denim jeans by a worker for the Jeans for Genes charity in Paternoster Square in the City of London yesterday.
To commemorate the start of trading in its shares yesterday, Mr Hanlon and non-executive director Ahmad Salam were invited to switch on 'The Source' an illuminated sculpture in the atrium of Aim's building in Paternoster Square, London.
As well as the Birmingham projects, Clarke has just won a wiring contract for Headlam Carpets in Tamworth, and has worked on Bank of America in Canary Wharf and the London Stock Exchange building in Paternoster Square.
Overhaul orbital elevator - Paternoster, mainly working in the shaft, the engine room, the tension station and the design itself Paternoster, especially exchange carrier polygons, carrying chain, overhaul the pump housing, cabins, boarding stations and installing new wiring, including carrying out the necessary tests and certifications delivery of complete new technical documentation.
The firm, which also worked on Paternoster Square in the City of London, posted pretax profit of pounds 1.