a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.
a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
a fool or simpleton; ninny.
a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
1642, "during, in the process of," prep. formed from root of Fr. pendant "during," lit. "hanging," prp. of pendere "to hang, to suspend" (see pendant). Meaning patterned on a secondary sense of L. pendente "not decided," lit. "hanging," in legal phrase pendente lite "while
the suit is pending." Use of the prp. before nouns caused it to be regarded as a preposition.