pen·​du·​lar | \ ˈpen-jə-lər How to pronounce pendular (audio) , ˈpen-dyə-, -də- \

Definition of pendular

: being or resembling the movement of a pendulum

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Recent Examples on the Web As many historians can attest, American presidential elections tend to be pendular; the country tires of the incumbent, the country’s mood then swings, and voters replace him with someone as unlike that person as possible. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: Tom Hanks (as Mister Rogers) ... and other perfect swing candidates.," 7 Nov. 2019 Our pendular system already offers a way to apply small amounts of pressure with one foot for resulting tiny adjustments. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store like a normal person," 23 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of pendular

1759, in the meaning defined above

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“Pendular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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pen·​du·​lar | \ ˈpen-jə-lər, ˈpen-d(y)ə- How to pronounce pendular (audio) \

Medical Definition of pendular

: characterized by or being regular rhythmic movement especially from side to side

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