pendulum effect

  1. Also called pendulum law .Physics. a law, discovered by Galileo in 1602, that describes the regular, swinging motion of a pendulum by the action of gravity and acquired momentum.

  2. the theory holding that trends in culture, politics, etc., tend to swing back and forth between opposite extremes.

Origin of pendulum effect

First recorded in 1860–65

Words Nearby pendulum effect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pendulum effect in a sentence

  • This produces a little lateral stability without any marked pendulum effect.

  • If too low, it produces a pendulum effect and causes the aeroplane to roll sideways.