pen·​den·​tive pen-ˈden-tiv How to pronounce pendentive (audio)
: one of the concave triangular members that support a dome over a square space

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Illustration of pendentive
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Word History


French pendentif, from Latin pendent-, pendens, present participle of pendēre

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pendentive was in 1728

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“Pendentive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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