pendulous


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pen·du·lous

 (pĕn′jə-ləs, pĕn′dyə-, -də-)
adj.
1. Hanging loosely; suspended so as to swing or sway.
2. Wavering; undecided.

[From Latin pendulus, from pendēre, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

pen′du·lous·ly adv.
pen′du·lous·ness n.

pendulous

(ˈpɛndjʊləs)
adj
hanging downwards, esp so as to swing from side to side
[C17: from Latin pendulus, from pendēre to hang down]
ˈpendulously adv
ˈpendulousness, pendulosity n

pen•du•lous

(ˈpɛn dʒə ləs, ˈpɛn dyə-, -də-)

adj.
1. hanging down loosely: pendulous blossoms.
2. swinging freely; oscillating.
3. vacillating or undecided.
[1595–1605; < Latin pendulus hanging, swinging. See pend, -ulous]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pendulous - having branches or flower heads that bend downward; "nodding daffodils"; "the pendulous branches of a weeping willow"; "lilacs with drooping panicles of fragrant flowers"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
unerect - not upright in position or posture

pendulous

adjective (Literary) hanging, swinging, swaying, dangling, sagging, drooping, pendent a pendulous lower lip

pendulous

adjective
1. Hung or appearing to be hung from a support:
Translations

pendulous

[ˈpendjʊləs] ADJcolgante

pendulous

adjherabhängend; pendulous breasts or bosomHängebrüste pl, → Hängebusen m; pendulous cheeksHängebacken pl

pen·du·lous

a. pendular, que oscila o cuelga;
___ breastssenos ___ -es, tosis mamaria.
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So blend the turrets and shadows there That all seem pendulous in air, While from a proud tower in the town Death looks gigantically down.
Almost in the same instant, with a thunder-boom, the enormous mass dropped into the sea, like Niagara's Table-Rock into the whirlpool; the suddenly relieved hull rolled away from it, to far down her glittering copper; and all caught their breath, as half swinging --now over the sailors' heads, and now over the water --Daggoo, through a thick mist of spray, was dimly beheld clinging to the pendulous tackles, while poor, buried-alive Tashtego was sinking utterly down to the bottom of the sea
That each seemed pendulous in air -- so mirror-like was the glassy water, that it was scarcely possible to say at what point upon the slope of the emerald turf its crystal dominion began.
With the first full puff of the smoke he gave over his moans and yelps, the agitation began to fade out of him, and Daughtry, appreciatively waiting, saw the trembling go out of his hands, the pendulous lip-quivering cease, the saliva stop flowing from the corners of his mouth, and placidity come into the fiery remnants of his eyes.
He was very gray and wrinkled, and not far from his sixtieth year, his eyes blinked, his eyebrows were white, his lip pendulous, and his hands large.
She continued tirelessly, painting with pessimistic strokes the growing black future her husband was meditating for her, while the boy, fearful of some vague, incomprehensible catastrophe, began to weep silently, with a pendulous, trembling underlip.
There were holsters for more pistols appended to the wonderful stack of long-haired goat-skins and Persian carpets, which the man had been taught to regard in the light of a saddle; and down among the pendulous rank of vast tassels that swung from that saddle, and clanging against the iron shovel of a stirrup that propped the warrior's knees up toward his chin, was a crooked, silver-clad scimitar of such awful dimensions and such implacable expression that no man might hope to look upon it and not shudder.
The upper lip was short and fine while the lower lip was rather heavy and inclined to be pendulous, the chin being equally weak.
Nature had given him a pendulous lip, and a too visible line of yellow and irregular teeth, which he strove feebly to conceal by constantly passing his hand over the lower part of his face.
As he watched her, there rose quite unbidden before him a vision of Momaya, the skewer through the septum of her nose, her pendulous under lip sagging beneath the weight which dragged it down.
So Circe waved her wand again, and repeated a few magic words, at the sound of which the two and twenty hogs pricked up their pendulous ears.
In trooped the motley organization-- black slaves and dark hued Arabs of the northern deserts; cursing camel drivers urging on their vicious charges; overburdened donkeys, waving sadly pendulous ears while they endured with stoic patience the brutalities of their masters; goats, sheep and horses.