[syn: pendent, pendant, dependent]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pendant \Pend"ant\ (p[e^]nd"ant), n. [F., orig. p. pr. of pendre
to hang, L. pendere. Cf. Pendent, Pansy, Pensive,
1. Something which hangs or depends; something suspended; a
hanging appendage, especially one of an ornamental
character, as to a chandelier or an eardrop; also, an
appendix or addition, as to a book.
Some hang upon the pendants of her ear. --Pope.
Many . . . have been pleased with this work and its
pendant, the Tales and Popular Fictions.
2. Hence: An ornamental object or piece of jewelry with a
hook so that it can be hung from a chain around the neck.
3. (Arch.) A hanging ornament on roofs, ceilings, etc., much
used in the later styles of Gothic architecture, where it
is of stone, and an important part of the construction.
There are imitations in plaster and wood, which are mere
decorative features. "[A bridge] with . . . pendants
graven fair." --Spenser.
4. (Fine Arts) One of a pair; a counterpart; as, one vase is
the pendant to the other vase.
5. A pendulum. [Obs.] --Sir K. Digby.
6. The stem and ring of a watch, by which it is suspended.
Pendant post (Arch.), a part of the framing of an open
timber roof; a post set close against the wall, and
resting upon a corbel or other solid support, and
supporting the ends of a collar beam or any part of the
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: held from above; "a pendant bunch of grapes" [syn:
pendent, pendant, dependent]
n 1: an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace
or earring) [syn: pendant, pendent]
2: branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the
ceiling [syn: chandelier, pendant, pendent]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
127 Moby Thesaurus words for "pendant":
accession, accessory, accompaniment, addenda, addendum, additament,
addition, additive, additory, additum, adjunct, adjuvant, ally,
alter ego, analogon, analogue, annex, annexation, appanage,
appendage, appendant, appurtenance, appurtenant, arras, associate,
attachment, augment, augmentation, banner, bob, brother,
chandelier, close copy, close match, coattail, coda, cognate,
color, companion, complement, concomitant, congenator, congener,
continuation, coordinate, corollary, correlate, correlative,
correspondent, counterpart, curtain, drape, drapery, drop,
ear lobe, earring, ensign, equivalent, extension, extrapolation,
fellow, fixture, flag, flap, fringe, hammock, hanger, hanging,
icicle, image, increase, increment, jack, kindred spirit, lappet,
like, likeness, lobation, lobe, lobule, locket, mate, medallion,
near duplicate, necklace, obverse, offshoot, ornament, parallel,
pendulum, pennant, pennon, picture, pigtail, plumb bob, queue,
reciprocal, reinforcement, second self, side effect, side issue,
similitude, simulacrum, sister, skirt, soul mate, stalactite,
standard, streamer, such, suchlike, supplement, swing, tail,
tailpiece, tally, tapestry, tassel, the like of, the likes of,
tippet, trail, train, twin, undergirding, uvula, wattle