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"pendulum" in British English

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pendulumnoun

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 ​grandfatherclock swung back and ​forth. The spaceship's ​jets were ​firedperiodically 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.
(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 ​weighthanging 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 ​swungwildly in the ​direction of the ​players.
(Definition of pendulum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pendulum”
in Spanish péndulo…
in Vietnamese quả lắc…
in Malaysian batu ladung…
in Thai ลูกตุ้ม…
in French (à/de) balancier…
in German das Pendel, Pendel……
in Chinese (Simplified) 摆,摆锤, (尤指)钟摆, 摇摆不定的事态或局面…
in Turkish sarkaç…
in Russian маятник…
in Indonesian bandul jam…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擺,擺錘, (尤指)鐘擺, 搖擺不定的事態或局面…
in Polish wahadło…
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