ballistic pendulum

noun Physics.

a device consisting of a large mass hung from a horizontal bar by two rods, used to measure the velocity of an object, as a bullet, by retaining the object upon impact, its velocity being a function of the displacement of the mass.

Nearby words

  1. ballista,
  2. ballistic,
  3. ballistic camera,
  4. ballistic galvanometer,
  5. ballistic missile,
  6. ballistic trajectory,
  7. ballistic wind,
  8. ballistics,
  9. ballistite,
  10. ballistocardiogram

Origin of ballistic pendulum

First recorded in 1770–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019