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From Latin pendens, pendentis, of pendere to hang, to be suspended. Compare pendant. From Anglo-Norman pendaunt, Old French pendant.



pendent (comparative more pendent, superlative most pendent)

This arch is stable as it stands, but all the voussoirs are pendent and removal of any one of them would cause the structure to collapse
Pendent structure in architecture: Binondo Church Dome with its pendentives
  1. Dangling, drooping, hanging down or suspended.
    • 1936, Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, Faber & Faber 2007, p. 71:
      The doctor's head [...] was framed in the golden semi-circle of a wig with long pendent curls that touched his shoulders []
    • 1986, Bryant W Rossiter, Roger C Baetzold, Investigations of Surfaces and Interfaces
      An interesting development has been the analysis of the image of a pendent drop by a video digitizer.
  2. pending in various senses.
  3. (architecture, of a structure) either hanging in some sense, or constructed of multiple elements such as the voussoirs of an arch or the pendentives of a dome, none of which can stand on its own, but which in combination are stable.
  4. (grammar, of a sentence) incomplete in some sense, such as lacking a finite verb.
  5. (obsolete) Projecting over something; overhanging.



pendent (plural pendents)

  1. Alternative spelling of pendant



pendent m (plural pendents)

  1. slope, incline