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

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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 Veterinary pathologists examining a camelpox outbreak among male dromedaries in India noted pendulous lips and scrotal pox. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 27 Apr. 2021 Aerial photos show that the platform likely made a pendulous swing into a nearby rock face. Nadia Drake, Science, "Iconic radio telescope suffers catastrophic collapse," 1 Dec. 2020 Weeping white pine: Its pendulous branches and dwarf stature are quite appealing. oregonlive, "This Christmas, it’s all about the trees, whether fresh, potted or artificial: The Pecks," 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, "Iconic radio telescope in Puerto Rico is at risk of collapsing," 12 Nov. 2020 Kent Beauty is a small, mounding plant with pendulous stems ending in these strange blooms, which endure for weeks. Washington Post, "Hunting for herbs that add flavor in the kitchen and beauty in the garden," 5 Feb. 2020 Consisting of three pendulous forms made of netting (Echelman’s oeuvre is inspired by watching net makers on a beach in India years ago), the shapes subtly move with air currents in the terminal. Erika Mailman, Washington Post, "Airport art doesn’t have to be boring: Here are some of the country’s most striking examples," 6 Mar. 2020 The Rays, again getting by on their wits and wiggling into playoff contention by winning more with less this season, came out of a pendulous game with a victory in their typically untypical fashion. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Rays take see-saw battle from Astros to avoid sweep," 29 Aug. 2019 Growing 1-3 feet tall and wide, Gartenmeister fuchsia grows upright when young but becomes more pendulous with age. Karen Dardick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer blooms that can take the heat," 18 July 2019

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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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The first known use of pendulous was circa 1605

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5 May 2021

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“Pendulous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pendulous

formal + literary : hanging down and swinging freely


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

Medical Definition of pendulous

: inclined or hanging downward

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