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pendulous (adj) hanging down loosely and swinging from side-to-side.

A pendulous lamp is a lamp swung from some point in the roof of a building, or from a lamppost, and swaying form side-to-side. A pendulous piece of decoration hangs loosely from the roof of a hall.

  • Gazing at the pendulous lamp swaying from side-to-side in the church in the strong wind led Galileo to discover the laws of the simple pendulum.
  • The pendulous fruits hanging from the twigs of the tree moved from side-to-side whenever the wind blew and seemed ready to fall down.
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