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Definition of pendulum noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    pendulum

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈpɛndʒələm//
     
     
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  1. 1a long straight part with a weight at the end that moves regularly from side to side to control the movement of a clock
  2. 2(figurative) In education, the pendulum has swung back to traditional teaching methods. the pendulum of public opinion
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