Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb rare To hang; to depend.
  • intransitive verb To be undecided, or in process of adjustment.
  • noun India Oil cake; penock.
  • transitive verb rare To pen; to confine.

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  • verb obsolete, transitive To pen; to confine.

Etymologies

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Compare pen ("to shut in").

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From Middle French pendre ("to hang"), and its source, Late Latin pendere, from Latin pendēre.

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Back-formation from pending.

Examples

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  • "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

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

    December 26, 2007