[pen-juh-luh s, pen-duh-] /ˈpɛn dʒə ləs, ˈpɛn də-/
hanging down loosely:
swinging freely; oscillating.
vacillating or undecided; wavering.
hanging downwards, esp so as to swing from side to side
c.1600, from Latin pendulus “hanging down,” figuratively “doubtful, uncertain, hesitating,” from pendere “to hang” (see pendant). Related: Pendulously.
/ˈpɒŋdjʊl; ˈpɛn-/ noun 1. (mountaineering) a manoeuvre by which a climber on a rope from above swings in a pendulum-like series of movements to reach another line of ascent Also called pendulum
[pen-juh-luh m, pen-duh-] /ˈpɛn dʒə ləm, ˈpɛn də-/ noun 1. a body so suspended from a fixed point as to move to and fro by the action of gravity and acquired momentum. 2. Horology. a swinging lever, weighted at the lower end, for regulating the speed of a clock mechanism. 3. something that tends to […]
noun 1. Also called pendulum law. Physics. a law, discovered by Galileo in 1602, that describes the regular, swinging motion of a pendulum by the action of gravity and acquired momentum. 2. the theory holding that trends in culture, politics, etc., tend to swing back and forth between opposite extremes.
noun 1. (formerly) a watch having a balance wheel, especially a balance wheel bearing a fake pendulum bob oscillating behind a window in the dial.