noun pen·du·lum \-ləm\

: a stick with a weight at the bottom that swings back and forth inside a clock

Full Definition of PENDULUM

:  a body suspended from a fixed point so as to swing freely to and fro under the action of gravity and commonly used to regulate movements (as of clockwork)
:  something (as a state of affairs) that alternates between opposites

Origin of PENDULUM

New Latin, from Latin, neuter of pendulus
First Known Use: 1660

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