1 an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)
2 branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling [syn: chandelier]
- IPA: /ˈpendənt/
Usage notesNot to be confused with pedant, nor with lang=en.
a piece of jewelery hung from a chain worn around the neck
A pendant (from Old French) is a hanging object, generally attached to a necklace or an earring. In modern French this is a word meaning “during” (also the gerund form of "hanging"). Pendants have several purposes:
These purposes can be combined (i.e. a richly jewelled symbol).
- A teach pendant is a portable control device used in industrial robotics.
- A cable pendant is one of a series of cables that is horizontally suspended across a flight deck of aircraft carriers for aircraft to land by catching with tailhook.
- A nautical pendant is a length of cable or rope, usually of a short length, that has eyes or fittings, or both, at the ends for attachment to vessels and bollards or buoys.
- A pendant is a common item used in hypnosis.
pendant in French: Ferrets
pendant in Dutch: Hanger
pendant in Russian: Подвеска (украшение)
pendant in Swedish: Pendang
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