gridiron pendulum


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gridiron \Grid"i`ron\, n. [OE. gredire, gredirne, from the same
   source as E. griddle, but the ending was confused with E.
   iron. See Griddle.]
   1. A grated iron utensil for broiling flesh and fish over
      coals.
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   2. (Naut.) An openwork frame on which vessels are placed for
      examination, cleaning, and repairs.

   3. (Sport) A football field; -- so called because of the
      resemblance of the parallel marked yard lines to a
      gridiron[1].
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   Gridiron pendulum. See under Pendulum.

   Gridiron valve (Steam Engine), a slide valve with several
      parallel perforations corresponding to openings in the
      seat on which the valve moves.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 of clockwork and other
   machinery.
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   Note: The time of oscillation of a pendulum is independent of
         the arc of vibration, provided this arc be small.
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   Ballistic pendulum. See under Ballistic.

   Compensation pendulum, a clock pendulum in which the effect
      of changes of temperature of the length of the rod is so
      counteracted, usually by the opposite expansion of
      differene metals, that the distance of the center of
      oscillation from the center of suspension remains
      invariable; as, the mercurial compensation pendulum, in
      which the expansion of the rod is compensated by the
      opposite expansion of mercury in a jar constituting the
      bob; the gridiron pendulum, in which compensation is
      effected by the opposite expansion of sets of rods of
      different metals.

   Compound pendulum, an ordinary pendulum; -- so called, as
      being made up of different parts, and contrasted with
      simple pendulum.

   Conical pendulum or Revolving pendulum, a weight
      connected by a rod with a fixed point; and revolving in a
      horizontal circle about the vertical from that point.

   Pendulum bob, the weight at the lower end of a pendulum.

   Pendulum level, a plumb level. See under Level.

   Pendulum wheel, the balance of a watch.

   Simple pendulum or Theoretical pendulum, an imaginary
      pendulum having no dimensions except length, and no weight
      except at the center of oscillation; in other words, a
      material point suspended by an ideal line.
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