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Definition a weight hanging from a fixed location so that the weight swings freely back and forth under the influence of gravity — such as is seen in some mechanical clocks

or:

a change that is roughly proportional and in the opposite direction of a prior change — such as a change in opinion
  • The clock uses a pendulum to keep time.
pendulum = a weight hanging from a fixed location so that the weight swings freely back and forth under the influence of gravity
  • Now the pendulum has swung the other direction and voters are demanding...
  • The familiar pendulum swing was to happen once more, and then stop.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • pendulum = change to the opposite direction
  • The measured movement of the pendulum disturbed them not at all.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • pendulum = a weight hanging from a fixed location so that the weight swings freely back and forth under the influence of gravity — such as is seen in some mechanical clocks
  • With every blow Kuba swung back and forth like the pendulum of a grandfather clock.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • pendulum = a weight hanging from a fixed location so that the weight swings freely back and forth under the influence of gravity — such as is seen in some mechanical clocks

    or:

    a change that is roughly proportional and in the opposite direction of a prior change — such as a change in opinion
  • It was in this apartment, also, that there stood against the western wall, a gigantic clock of ebony. Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang;
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • pendulum = a weight hanging from a fixed location so that the weight swings freely back and forth under the influence of gravity (such as is seen in some mechanical clocks)
  • Increase the swing of the pendulum, increase, increase, come up and bear against that point of furthest balance— increase—increase— "Heave!"
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • pendulum = something heavy that swings back and forth
  • The hoist swung like a pendulum above the city.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The pendulum beat the seconds, which each player eagerly counted, as he listened, with mathematical regularity.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The silence is heavy between us, everything past and remembered and forgotten and wanted swinging there like a pendulum.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • He stepped towards the bathroom, the yellow pendulum of lamp beside his knees.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • She dangles them before me like a pendulum.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • It had no effect upon the cries; no pendulum could be more regular.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • In Silvester the Second a famous magician ascended the papal throne, although he was notorious for having invented the pendulum clock.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Let there be consummation, and superfluity be finished from the next drop of the pendulum onward!
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Her leg was swinging like a pendulum, and the troll's breath was breaking over her face in rancid waves.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • An epoch is but a swing of the pendulum; and each generation thinks the world is progressing because it is always moving.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The hard part for them back then was inventing a clock that would work on a boat (pendulums don't work on boats).
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Pendulum rides are a little like the swing sets you might remember from your childhood.
    Annenberg Learner  --  Amusement Park Physics
  • His little hands swiveled at the wrists, his fingers snapped, and his head swung side to side like a pendulum.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner

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