Pendulous Pen"du*lous, a. [L. pendulus, fr. pendere to hang. Cf. {Pendant}, and cf. {Pendulum}.] 1. Depending; pendent loosely; hanging; swinging. --Shak. ``The pendulous round earth.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Wavering; unstable; doubtful. [R.] ``A pendulous state of mind.'' --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) Inclined or hanging downwards, as a flower on a recurved stalk, or an ovule which hangs from the upper part of the ovary. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • pendulous — c.1600, from L. pendulus hanging down, from pendere to hang (see PENDANT (Cf. pendant)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pendulous — *suspended, pendent …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pendulous — / pendent [adj] hanging dangling, dependent, drooping, pending, pendulant, pensile, suspended, swinging; concepts 485,584 …   New thesaurus

  • pendulous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ hanging down; drooping …   English terms dictionary

  • pendulous — [pen′dyo͞o ləs, pen′dyələs, pen′dələs; pen′jo͞oləs, pen′jələs] adj. [L pendulus < pendere, to hang: see PENDANT] 1. hanging freely or loosely; suspended so as to swing 2. hanging or bending downward; drooping 3. Now Rare vacillating; uncertain …   English World dictionary

  • pendulous — [[t]pe̱nʤʊləs[/t]] ADJ Something that is pendulous hangs downwards and moves loosely, usually in an unattractive way. [LITERARY] ...a stout, gloomy man with a pendulous lower lip. ...pendulous cheeks. Syn: sagging …   English dictionary

  • pendulous — adjective Etymology: Latin pendulus, from pendēre to hang Date: circa 1605 1. archaic poised without visible support 2. a. suspended so as to swing freely < branches hung with pendulous vines > b. inclined or hanging downward < pendulous jowls > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pendulous — pendulously, adv. pendulousness, n. /pen jeuh leuhs, pen deuh /, adj. 1. hanging down loosely: pendulous blossoms. 2. swinging freely; oscillating. 3. vacillating or undecided; wavering. [1595 1605; < L pendulus hanging, swinging. See PEND,… …   Universalium

  • pendulous — adj. Pendulous is used with these nouns: ↑breast …   Collocations dictionary

  • pendulous — pen|du|lous [ˈpendjuləs US dʒə ] adj literary [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: pendulus, from pendere; PENDANT] hanging down loosely and swinging freely ▪ pendulous breasts …   Dictionary of contemporary English