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A simple device consisting of a weight attached to a string, chain (such as a necklace), thread, etc. and supported (usually held by the fingers) in a way that allows the weight to freely swing. The direction of the swing allows the user to answer questions for a divination, discover missing objects or things hidden from view (such as water), diagnose disease, determine compatibility between people, and make decisions. Plural: pendulums or pendula (archaic).