Ballistic pendulum
Ballistic Bal*lis"tic, a. 1. Of or pertaining to the ballista, or to the art of hurling stones or missile weapons by means of an engine. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to ballistics[2], or to a projectile in a gravitational field. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. frenzied; very angry; -- used mostly in the phrase

{go ballistic}. [Colloq.] [PJC]

{Ballistic pendulum}, an instrument consisting of a mass of wood or other material suspended as a pendulum, for measuring the force and velocity of projectiles by means of the arc through which their impact impels it. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ballistic pendulum — Pendulum Pen du*lum, n.; pl. {Pendulums}. [NL., fr. L. pendulus hanging, swinging. See {Pendulous}.] A body so suspended from a fixed point as to swing freely to and fro by the alternate action of gravity and momentum. It is used to regulate the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ballistic pendulum — A ballistic pendulum is a device for measuring a bullet s momentum, from which it is possible to calculate the velocity and kinetic energy. Ballistic pendulums have been largely rendered obsolete by modern chronographs, which allow direct… …   Wikipedia

  • ballistic pendulum — noun a physical pendulum consisting of a large mass suspended from a rod; when it is struck by a projectile its displacement is used to measure the projectile s velocity • Hypernyms: ↑physical pendulum, ↑compound pendulum • Hyponyms: ↑gun… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ballistic pendulum — Physics. a device consisting of a large mass hung from a horizontal bar by two rods, used to measure the velocity of an object, as a bullet, by retaining the object upon impact, its velocity being a function of the displacement of the mass. [1770 …   Universalium

  • ballistic pendulum — balistinė švytuoklė statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. ballistic pendulum vok. ballistisches Pendel, n rus. баллистический маятник, m pranc. pendule balistique, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • ballistic pendulum — /bəˌlɪstɪk ˈpɛndʒələm/ (say buh.listik penjuhluhm) noun a heavy block of wood suspended on strings so that it can swing in one plane only, used for measuring the momentum of bullets, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pendulum — Pen du*lum, n.; pl. {Pendulums}. [NL., fr. L. pendulus hanging, swinging. See {Pendulous}.] A body so suspended from a fixed point as to swing freely to and fro by the alternate action of gravity and momentum. It is used to regulate the movements …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pendulum bob — Pendulum Pen du*lum, n.; pl. {Pendulums}. [NL., fr. L. pendulus hanging, swinging. See {Pendulous}.] A body so suspended from a fixed point as to swing freely to and fro by the alternate action of gravity and momentum. It is used to regulate the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pendulum level — Pendulum Pen du*lum, n.; pl. {Pendulums}. [NL., fr. L. pendulus hanging, swinging. See {Pendulous}.] A body so suspended from a fixed point as to swing freely to and fro by the alternate action of gravity and momentum. It is used to regulate the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pendulum wheel — Pendulum Pen du*lum, n.; pl. {Pendulums}. [NL., fr. L. pendulus hanging, swinging. See {Pendulous}.] A body so suspended from a fixed point as to swing freely to and fro by the alternate action of gravity and momentum. It is used to regulate the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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