Foucault pendulum
noun Etymology: J.B.L. Foucault Date: 1931 a freely swinging pendulum that consists of a heavy weight hung by a long wire and that swings in a constant direction which appears to change showing that the earth rotates

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  • Foucault pendulum — n. a pendulum consisting of a heavy weight on the end of a long wire hanging from a fixed point, of the kind invented by Jean Foucault to show that the earth is rotating: the pattern of the pendulum s swinging appears to be rotating to an… …   English World dictionary

  • Foucault pendulum — The Foucault pendulum (pronEng|fuːˈkoʊ foo KOH ), or Foucault s pendulum, named after the French physicist Léon Foucault, was conceived as an experiment to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth.The experimentThe experimental apparatus consists of …   Wikipedia

  • Foucault pendulum — Physics. a pendulum that demonstrates the rotation of the earth by exhibiting an apparent change in its plane of oscillation. [1850 55; named after J.B.L. FOUCAULT] * * * Large pendulum that is free to swing in any direction. As it swings back… …   Universalium

  • Foucault pendulum — Fuko švytuoklė statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Foucault pendulum vok. Foucaultsches Pendel, n rus. маятник Фуко, m pranc. pendule de Foucault, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Foucault pendulum — noun pendulum with a long wire; can swing in any direction; the change in the swing plane demonstrates the earth s rotation • Hypernyms: ↑pendulum * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized F Etymology: after J.B.L. Foucault : a freely swinging… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Foucault pendulum —  For the device (pronounced foo ko), but Foucault’s Pendulum (1988) for the novel by Umberto Eco …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Foucault pendulum — /fukoʊ ˈpɛndʒələm/ (say foohkoh penjuhluhm) noun a long simple pendulum which demonstrates the rotation of the earth by changing its plane of oscillation during the course of a day. {demonstrated by Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, 1819–68, French… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Foucault pendulum — noun Foucaults pendulum …   Wiktionary

  • Foucault Pendulum vector diagrams — Several vector diagrams are often used to demonstrate the physics underlying the Foucault pendulum.Diagrams are provided to illustrate a pendulum located at the North Pole, equator, and 45 degrees N to show how the rotation of Earth in relation… …   Wikipedia

  • Foucault pendulum vector diagrams — Several vector diagrams are often used to demonstrate the physics underlying the Foucault pendulum. Diagrams are provided to illustrate a pendulum located at the North Pole, equator, and 45 degrees N to show how the rotation of Earth in relation… …   Wikipedia

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