1. Penmanship; skill in writing; chirography.
2. The art of composing or writing; authorship.
I would not give a groat for that person's knowledge in pencraft.Sterne.
(Pend) n. Oil cake; penock. [India]
(Pend), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pended; p. pr. & vb. n. Pending.] [L. pendere.]
1. To hang; to depend. [R.]
Pending upon certain powerful motions.I. Taylor.
2. To be undecided, or in process of adjustment.
(Pend), v. t. [Cf. pen to shut in, or AS. pyndan, E. pound an inclosure.] To pen; to confine.
ended within the limits . . . of Greece.Udall.
(Pend"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.Keightley.
2. (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.
3. (Fine Arts) One of a pair; a counterpart; as, one vase is the pendant to the other vase.
4. A pendulum. [Obs.] Sir K. Digby.
5. The stem and ring of a watch, by which it is suspended. [U.S.] Knight.
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 roof.
(Pend"ence) n. [See Pendent.] Slope; inclination. [Obs.] Sir H. Wotton.
1. The quality or state of being pendent or suspended.
2. The quality or state of being undecided, or in continuance; suspense; as, the pendency of a suit. Ayliffe.
(Pend"ent) a. [L. pendens, -entis, p. pr. of pendere to hang, to be suspended. Cf. Pendant.]