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pen·dent 1

also pen·dant  (pĕn′dənt)
1. Hanging down; dangling; suspended.
2. Projecting; overhanging.
3. Awaiting settlement; pending.

[Middle English pendant (influenced by Latin pendēns, pendent-, present participle of pendēre, to hang), from Old French; see pendant1.]

pen′dent·ly adv.

pen·dent 2

Variant of pendant1.


1. dangling
2. jutting
3. (Grammar) (of a grammatical construction) incomplete: a pendent nominative is a construction having no verb.
4. a less common word for pending2, pending3
a variant spelling of pendant
[C15: from Old French pendant, from pendre to hang; see pendant]
ˈpendency n
ˈpendently adv


(ˈpɛn dənt)

adj. Also, pendant.
1. hanging or suspended.
2. overhanging; jutting.
3. (esp. of a lawsuit) undecided; pending.
[1400–50; late Middle English pendaunt pendant; sp. with e (since c1600) < Latin pendēns, present participle of pendēre to hang]
pend′ent•ly, adv.
pendant, pendent - Pendant is the noun; pendent is the adjective—meaning "hanging, suspended."
See also related terms for pendant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pendent - an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)pendent - an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)
adornment - a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
lavalier, lavaliere, lavalliere - jeweled pendant worn on a chain around the neck
necklace - jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)
drop earring, eardrop, pendant earring - an earring with a pendant ornament
2.pendent - branched lighting fixturependent - branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling
lighting fixture - a fixture providing artificial light
Adj.1.pendent - held from above; "a pendant bunch of grapes"
supported - held up or having the weight borne especially from below; "supported joints in a railroad track have ties directly under the rail ends"


adjherabhängend; pendent lampHängelampe f


, pending
a. [hanging] pendiente, colgante, suspenso-a, dependiente; [waiting] pendiente.
References in classic literature ?
I pointed to a great lake upon the surface of the pendent world above us, telling him that if after this lake had ap-peared four times I had not returned to go either by water or land to Sari and fetch Ghak with an army.
I found myself in a salon with a very well-painted, highly varnished floor; chairs and sofas covered with white draperies, a green porcelain stove, walls hung with pictures in gilt frames, a gilt pendule and other ornaments on the mantelpiece, a large lustre pendent from the centre of the ceiling, mirrors, consoles, muslin curtains, and a handsome centre table completed the inventory of furniture.
The dog was throttled off; his huge, purple tongue hanging half a foot out of his mouth, and his pendent lips streaming with bloody slaver.