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  1. oil cake; penock.
  2. : A large vaulted passageway leading through a tenement-style building from the main street, giving access to the rear of the building or an internal courtyard.


oil cake; penock
a large vaulted passageway
  • Finnish: holvikäytävä


  1. To delay or wait before action on something.
    That project has been pended until further notice.



Extensive Definition

Pend is a Scottish architectural term referring to a passageway that passes through a building, often from a street through to a courtyard, and typically designed for vehicular rather than exclusively pedestrian access.
A pend is distinct from a vennel or a close, as it has rooms directly above it, whereas vennels and closes are not covered over but rather are passageways between separate buildings.
The OED suggests that the etymology of the word is probably related to the archaic verb pend - "arch, arch over, vault", this in turn being derived from the French pendre, Latin pendēre "to hang"


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

all depend, bag, be contingent on, cascade, daggle, dangle, depend, drabble, drag, draggle, drape, droop, fall, flap, flop, flow, hang, hang down, hang in suspense, hang on, hinge, lop, nod, sag, stand, swag, swing, trail, turn, weep
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