pendulous

[pen-juh-luhs, pen-duh-]
adjective
1.
hanging down loosely: pendulous blossoms.
2.
swinging freely; oscillating.
3.
vacillating or undecided; wavering.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin pendulus hanging, swinging. See pend, -ulous

pendulously, adverb
pendulousness, noun
semipendulous, adjective
semipendulously, adverb
semipendulousness, noun
unpendulous, adjective
unpendulously, adverb
unpendulousness, noun


1. dangling, drooping, pendent, sagging.
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pendulous (ˈpɛndjʊləs)
 
adj
hanging downwards, esp so as to swing from side to side
 
[C17: from Latin pendulus, from pendēre to hang down]
 
'pendulously
 
adv
 
'pendulousness
 
n

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pendulous
c.1605, from L. pendulus "hanging down," from pendere "to hang" (see pendant).
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Example sentences
Showy white flowers, hanging in pendulous clusters from the branches, emerge in
  early spring along with the leaves.
But upstairs in the courtrooms, beneath the pendulous chandeliers and the oil
  portraits of former jurists, a hush prevails.
White firs have low canopies and pendulous branches covered with blue-gray
  needles.
So named because of their large size and long pendulous noses on the males.
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