conical pendulum


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conical pendulum

[′kän·ə·kəl ′pen·jə·ləm]
(mechanics)
A weight suspended from a cord or light rod and made to rotate in a horizontal circle about a vertical axis with a constant angular velocity.
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For larger public clocks, the conical pendulum is at something of a disadvantage, having the clock mechanism, and its faces, in the base.
It also uses a simple pivot, perhaps a knife edge support, while a conical pendulum requires a more complex support with two-directional movement.