from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Hanging loosely; suspended: the pensile nest of the Baltimore oriole.
- adj. Having or building a hanging nest. Used of birds.
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- adj. Hanging down, suspended.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Hanging; suspended; pendent; pendulous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hanging; suspended; hanging and swaying; pendulous.
- Building a hanging nest: as, the pensile warbler.
They are compact and rather deep, half pensile, that is to say, partly slung between the branches of the fork to which they are attached by bands of vegetable fibres.
Now in this palace he erected very high walks, supported by stone pillars, and by planting what was called a pensile paradise, and replenishing it with all sorts of trees, he rendered the prospect an exact resemblance of a mountainous country.
He also erected what was called a pensile paradise, because his wife was desirous to have things like her own country, she having been bred up in the palaces of Media. "
The nest of the South African Cape Weaver above provides an example of a 'pensile' nest, one supported entirely by suspension from above or from the side; the Cape Weaver likes to hang its nest from power lines and fences that crisscross the grasslands of the Western Cape.
The translucent Thames reflected the pensile branches of the trees, while on its clear bosom boats and pleasure-barges were gliding; and as the sun disappeared in the western sky, it was richly coloured with a crimson hue in a cloudless horizon.
Ellena heard once more, with the joy of liberty, the midnight breeze passing among the pensile branches of the palms, that loftily overshadowed a rude platform before the gate, and rustling with fainter sound among the pendent shrubs of the surrounding cliffs.
The walls are beautifully stuccoed and decorated with Morisco fancifulness; the lofty ceiling was originally of the same favorite material, with the usual frostwork and pensile ornaments or stalactites; which, with the embellishments of vivid coloring and gilding, must have been gorgeous in the extreme.
I saw the lantern pensile formerly taken out of the temple of
Maritima are longer than those of the Pinus Lariccio, and the branches more pensile.
It is, however, a graceful and beautiful object, enjoying to an eminent decree the lightness and airiness of the birch family, and spreading out its glistening leaves on the ends of a very slender and often pensile spray with an indescribable softness.