from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or resembling the motion of a pendulum; swinging back and forth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characteristic of the motion of a pendulum
  • adj. pendulous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pendulous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or relating to a pendulum: as, pendular vibration.


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  • A Wall Street Journal reporter observed one philosophical musing tacked to the admiral's bulletin board in 1983: "The American People are pendular."

    Cold War Admiral Guided

  • I am a believer in the pendular theory of inanity, and these wobblies are so far out of their minds that the backlash has to be coming.

    The President and Intelligent Design

  • Even when his stagger was at its worst, when his movements became reckless, pendular lurches, he labored not to let the strain of it show on his face.

    Heaven Lake

  • In the history of human thought and social organization there is an interesting pendular swing between conflicting ideas so that, about the time we wake up to recognize that thought is swinging one way, we may be fairly sure that soon it will be swinging the other.

    Christianity and Progress

  • It must have an ideal material point, an ideal rigid thread, an ideal point of suspension; and then the pendular movement is translated by a formula.

    More Hunting Wasps

  • But to this calculus, all-powerful so long as it does not leave the domain of the ideal, let us submit a very modest reality: the fall of a grain of sand, the pendular movement of a hanging body.

    More Hunting Wasps

  • This creates a projectile with "swing," a form of pendular motion that increases angular acceleration, facilitating throws of greater distances.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post

  • She stands with feet spread wide, her petite body against the whooping pendular breasts whose size and weight threaten to topple her.

    The Full Feed from

  • Creatures of the twilight, they are illuminated with pendular lanterns as they undress each other.

    The New Yorker

  • Cartier's Astrorégulator movement offers an alternative solution by fixing the escapement, the oscillator and the pendular seconds onto the rotor - in effect using gravity instead of fighting it.

    NYT > Home Page


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  • Of, like or pertaining to a pendulum. (from Phrontistery)

    May 25, 2008