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pendulum

noun [C]  /ˈpen·dʒə·ləm/ us  
a device consisting of a weight hanging on a rod or cord that moves from one side to the other, esp. one that forms a part of a clock A pendulum is also power or control of an activity that changes from one group to another: In labor-management relations, the pendulum has swung wildly in the direction of the players.
Translations of “pendulum”
in Spanish péndulo…
in French (à/de) balancier…
in German das Pendel, Pendel……
in Chinese (Traditional) 擺,擺錘, (尤指)鐘擺, 搖擺不定的事態或局面…
in Russian маятник…
in Turkish sarkaç…
in Chinese (Simplified) 摆,摆锤, (尤指)钟摆, 摇摆不定的事态或局面…
in Polish wahadło…
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