PENDULUM: Definition – PENDULUM in a Sentence

PENDULUM: Definition – PENDULUM in a Sentence

When you understand the origin and meaning of the word PENDULUM, you will understand a huge number of English words related to this term.

The video first examines the Latin root from which PENDULUM is taken and the gives a clear definition of two uses of the word pendulum.

Through the use of 5 illustrated sentence examples, the meaning of PENDULUM becomes very clear. You can use this word in a literal sense or figuratively. Improve your English vocabulary and English-speaking skills by adding PENDULUM to your active vocabulary and look for ways today to use it in conversation.

Here is a transcript of the video “The Origin and Meaning of PENDULUM” . . .

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The definition and meaning of PENDULUM is:

a weight suspended from a fixed point that can swing back and forth

something that swings back and forth from one path, opinion or condition to another

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Origin of PENDULUM

The English word PENDULUM comes from the Latin adjective pendulus which means “hanging down”.

It contributes to many words in English including:








Now let’s see pendulum in a sentence:

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The picture shows an ornate pendulum clock.

Sentence example: The pendulum clock, which uses a swinging weight as its timekeeping element, was the world’s most accurate timekeeper until the 1930s.

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The picture shows a pendulum in a museum exhibit.

Sentence example: The Foucault Pendulum was devised by French physicist Léon Foucault in 1851 to give evidence of the earth’s rotation.

Now let’s look at some examples where pendulum is used to describe changing opinions or conditions.

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In the picture we see a crowd of people waving their hands from side to side.

Sentence example: The crowd swayed back and forth like a pendulum, keeping time with the music.

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The picture shows people voting in voting booths.

Sentence example: In a democracy, political leaders often have to ride the pendulum of public opinion to get elected.

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The picture shows a woman with her children beside a grave in a cemetery.

Sentence example: After the death of a loved one, a person often faces a pendulum of wild fluctuations in emotions.

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So remember, the definition and meaning of PENDULUM is:

a weight suspended from a fixed point that can swing back and forth

something that swings back and forth from one path, opinion or condition to another

Include it in your active vocabulary and add colour and interest to your daily conversation or writing.

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Slide 7 – voting
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Slide 8 – graveside
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Slide 9 – pencils
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