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PENDULUM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pendulum mean? 

PENDULUM (noun)
  The noun PENDULUM has 1 sense:

1. an apparatus consisting of an object mounted so that it swings freely under the influence of gravity

  Familiarity information: PENDULUM used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PENDULUM (noun)


Sense 1pendulum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An apparatus consisting of an object mounted so that it swings freely under the influence of gravity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("pendulum" is a kind of...):

apparatus; setup (equipment designed to serve a specific function)

Meronyms (parts of "pendulum"):

bob (a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pendulum"):

Foucault pendulum (pendulum with a long wire; can swing in any direction; the change in the swing plane demonstrates the earth's rotation)

metronome (clicking pendulum indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music)

compound pendulum; physical pendulum (pendulum consisting of an actual object allowed to rotate freely around a horizontal axis)

simple pendulum (a hypothetical pendulum suspended by a weightless frictionless thread of constant length)


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