Meaning of “pendulum” in the English Dictionary

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"pendulum" in British English

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pendulumnoun

uk /ˈpen.dʒəl.əm/ us /ˈpen.dʒəl.əm/

(Definition of “pendulum” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pendulumnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpen·dʒə·ləm/

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.

(Definition of “pendulum” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)