pendulum

Part of speech: noun

A body suspended from a fixed point, and free to swing to and fro.

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Usage examples "pendulum":

  1. He found that there was a certain pendulum- swing of mood in Paradise. - "The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece", Anne Douglas Sedgwick.
  2. Meanwhile Jonah swung like a pendulum between hope and despair. - "Jonah", Louis Stone.
  3. His sense of persons- moving, pleasure- or- pain- giving, uncertain but self- directing persons- is now to become a sense of agency, of power, which is yet not the power of the regular- moving door on its hinges or the rhythmic swinging of the pendulum of the clock. - "The Story of the Mind", James Mark Baldwin.