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pendulum

noun uk   us   /ˈpen.dʒəl.əm/
[C] a device consisting of a weight on a stick or thread that moves from one side to the other, especially one that forms a part of some types of clocks: The pendulum in the grandfather clock swung back and forth. The spaceship's jets were fired periodically to dampen a side-to-side pendulum motion that had developed. [S] a change, especially from one opinion to an opposite one: As so often in education, the pendulum has swung back to the other extreme and testing is popular again.
Translations of “pendulum”
in Vietnamese quả lắc…
in Spanish péndulo…
in Thai ลูกตุ้ม…
in Malaysian batu ladung…
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 Indonesian bandul jam…
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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