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pendulum effect

noun
1.
Also called pendulum law. Physics. a law, discovered by Galileo in 1602, that describes the regular, swinging motion of a pendulum by the action of gravity and acquired momentum.
2.
the theory holding that trends in culture, politics, etc., tend to swing back and forth between opposite extremes.
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  • If too low, it produces a pendulum effect and causes the aeroplane to roll sideways.

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