Definition of pendule in English:

pendule

noun

  • 1Mountaineering. A swinging movement used by a climber.

  • 2More fully "pendule clock", a (usually small and ornamental) timepiece with a pendulum. Also more generally: any clock.

verb

rare
  • with object (refl.). To propel oneself by means of swinging. Also without object (Mountaineering): to perform a pendulum.

Origin

Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). In sense 1 probably from post-classical Latin pendulum hanging ornament, use as noun of neuter of classical Latin pendulus hanging down; compare French pendille<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in George MacDonald (1824–1905), poet and novelist. Perhaps from pendulum with omission of the ending. Compare French penduler. Compare slightly later pendulum.

Pronunciation

pendule

/pɒ̃ˈdjuːl//pɒnˈdjuːl/