n. a body suspended from fixed point as to swing freely to and fro by the alternate action of gravity and momentum
There was a clock on the middle of the mantelpiece, with a picture of a town painted on the bottom half of the glass front, and a round place in the middle of it for the sun, and you could see the pendulum swinging behind it.
Sentence in Classic:
The pendulum of the great clock went to and fro, and the hands turned, and everything in the room became still older; but they did not observe it.
Andersen's Fairy Tales By Hans Christian Andersen Context
On a table stood a ragged chair, with, beside it, a clock minus a pendulum and covered all over with cobwebs.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Context
One would have said that he was a pendulum which was no longer wound up, and whose oscillations were growing shorter before ceasing altogether.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context
No resolution could withstand it; in that dreamy mood losing all consciousness, at last my soul went out of my body; though my body still continued to sway as a pendulum will, long after the power which first moved it is withdrawn.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context