pen·​du·​lous | \ ˈpen-jə-ləs How to pronounce pendulous (audio) , ˈpen-dyə-, -də- \

Definition of pendulous

1 archaic : poised without visible support
2a : suspended so as to swing freely branches hung with pendulous vines
b : inclined or hanging downward pendulous jowls
3 : marked by vacillation, indecision, or uncertainty

Other Words from pendulous

pendulousness noun

Examples of pendulous in a Sentence

a cow with a pendulous udder a pendulous crystal chandelier dominated the ballroom
Recent Examples on the Web Her law clerks purchased the necklace—sunflower-like with its bright yellow beadwork and pendulous small crystal balls—from Anthropologie. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2022 The carved channels delineate in negative space the pendulous breasts, somnolent grimace and agitated body. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 Then, just before the Fourth of July, two adult orioles began bringing tender morsels of yumminess to a hanging, pendulous nest in the tree. Sheryl Devore,, 9 July 2021 Veterinary pathologists examining a camelpox outbreak among male dromedaries in India noted pendulous lips and scrotal pox. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 Aerial photos show that the platform likely made a pendulous swing into a nearby rock face. Nadia Drake, Science, 1 Dec. 2020 Weeping white pine: Its pendulous branches and dwarf stature are quite appealing. oregonlive, 3 Dec. 2020 If tower four fails, the platform could either crash through the dish or make a pendulous swing into a nearby cliff. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, 12 Nov. 2020 Kent Beauty is a small, mounding plant with pendulous stems ending in these strange blooms, which endure for weeks. Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of pendulous

circa 1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pendulous

Latin pendulus, from pendēre to hang

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11 Apr 2022

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“Pendulous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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pen·​du·​lous | \ -ləs How to pronounce pendulous (audio) \

Medical Definition of pendulous

: inclined or hanging downward


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