from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pen; to confine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Oil cake; penock.
  • intransitive v. To hang; to depend.
  • intransitive v. To be undecided, or in process of adjustment.
  • transitive v. To pen; to confine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pen; confine; hamper; restrain.
  • To hang, as in a balance; await settlement; impend. See pending.
  • n. A pen; an inclosure.
  • n. In Scotland, an arched or covered entrance or passage through a block of buildings into an open lane or close.


From Middle French pendre ("to hang"), and its source, Late Latin pendere, from Latin pendēre. (Wiktionary)
Compare pen ("to shut in"). (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from pending. (Wiktionary)


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  • Scots - an arched passageway, an entrance to a lane or courtyard.

    December 26, 2007

  • "Later, when the cigarettes had become exhausted, Hawker volunteered to go after a further supply, and as he arose, a question seemed to come to the edge of Florinda's lips and pend there. The moment that the door was closed upon him she demanded, "What is that about the two violets?"

    Stephen Crane, The Third Violet

    September 22, 2007