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used in Atlas Shrugged

3 uses
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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


a change that is roughly proportional and in the opposite direction of a prior change — such as a change in opinion
  • His shadow swung like an irregular pendulum across the pavement, describing the course of a soundless battle: it was a man fighting himself to enter that door or to escape.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (12% in)
  • In the deep blue above it, the stranger's plane was a single spark changing color and flashing from side to side, like the tip of a pendulum swinging in the darkness, beating time.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (91% in)
  • Flung from side to side, like a battered pendulum, clinging to the wheel, half in her seat, half on her knees, she fought to pull the ship into a glide, for an attempt to make a belly-landing, while the green ground was whirling about her, sweeping above her, then below, its spiral coils coming closer.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (99% in)

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