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pen·du·lum

 (pĕn′jə-ləm, pĕn′dyə-, pĕn′də-)
n.
1. A body suspended from a fixed support so that it swings freely back and forth under the influence of gravity, commonly used to regulate various devices, especially clocks. Also called simple pendulum.
2. Something that swings back and forth from one course, opinion, or condition to another: the pendulum of public opinion.

[New Latin, probably from Italian pendolo, pendulous, pendulum, from Latin pendulus, hanging; see pendulous.]
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pendulum

(ˈpɛndjʊləm)
n
1. (General Physics) a body mounted so that it can swing freely under the influence of gravity. It is either a bob hung on a light thread (simple pendulum) or a more complex structure (compound pendulum)
2. (Horology) such a device used to regulate a clockwork mechanism
3. something that changes its position, attitude, etc fairly regularly: the pendulum of public opinion.
[C17: from Latin pendulus pendulous]
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pen•du•lum

(ˈpɛn dʒə ləm, ˈpɛn dyə-, -də-)

n.
1. a body so suspended from a fixed point as to move to and fro by the action of gravity and acquired momentum.
2. a swinging lever, weighted at the lower end, for regulating the speed of a clock mechanism.
[1650–60; < New Latin, n. use of neuter of Latin pendulus pendulous]
pen′du•lum•like`, adj.
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pen·du·lum

(pĕn′jə-ləm)
A mass hung from a fixed support so that it is able to swing freely under the influence of gravity. Pendulums are often used to regulate the action of various devices, especially clocks.
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pendulum

A suspended weight swinging regularly under gravity’s influence.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pendulum - an apparatus consisting of an object mounted so that it swings freely under the influence of gravitypendulum - an apparatus consisting of an object mounted so that it swings freely under the influence of gravity
apparatus, setup - equipment designed to serve a specific function
bob - a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
Foucault pendulum - pendulum with a long wire; can swing in any direction; the change in the swing plane demonstrates the earth's rotation
metronome - clicking pendulum indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music
compound pendulum, physical pendulum - pendulum consisting of an actual object allowed to rotate freely around a horizontal axis
simple pendulum - a hypothetical pendulum suspended by a weightless frictionless thread of constant length
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Translations
بَنْدول، رَقّاص الساعَه
kyvadlo
pendul
heiluri
inga
pendúll
su švytuoklešvytuoklė
svārsta-svārsts
kyvadlokyvadlový
pendel

pendulum

[ˈpendjʊləm] Npéndulo m
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pendulum

[ˈpɛndjʊləm] n [clock] → balancier m
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pendulum

nPendel nt; the pendulum has swung back in the opposite direction (lit, fig)das Pendel ist in die entgegengesetzte Richtung ausgeschlagen; the pendulum has swung back in favour (Brit) or favor (US) of or toward(s) … (fig)die Tendenz geht wieder in Richtung (+gen); the swing of the pendulum (fig)die Tendenzwende
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pendulum

[ˈpɛndjʊləm] npendolo
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pendulum

(ˈpendjuləm) , ((American) -dʒu-) noun
a swinging weight, eg that which operates the mechanism of a clock. The little girl watched the pendulum swing back and forwards; (also adjective) a pendulum clock.
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