a valley, the lower end of which opens high above a shore, usually caused by the rapid erosion of a cliff.
a tributary valley whose mouth is set above the the floor of the main valley, usually as a result of differences in glacial erosion.
(geography) a tributary valley entering a main valley at a much higher level because of overdeepening of the main valley, esp by glacial erosion
A side valley that enters a main valley at an elevation high above the main valley floor. Hanging valleys are typically formed when the main valley has been widened and deepened by glacial erosion, leaving the side valley cut off abruptly from the main valley below. The steep drop from the hanging valley to the main valley floor usually creates cascading waterfalls.
[hang] /hæŋ/ verb (used with object), hung or especially for 4, 5, 20, hanged; hanging. 1. to fasten or attach (a thing) so that it is supported only from above or at a point near its own top; suspend. 2. to attach or suspend so as to allow free movement: to hang a pendulum. 3. […]
[hang-neyl] /ˈhæŋˌneɪl/ noun 1. a small piece of partly detached skin at the side or base of the fingernail. /ˈhæŋˌneɪl/ noun 1. a piece of skin torn away from, but still attached to, the base or side of a fingernail n. also hang-nail, 1670s, apparently from hang (v.) + (finger) nail, but probably folk etymology […]
[hang-on, -awn] /ˈhæŋˌɒn, -ˌɔn/ Informal. noun 1. something easily attached to or mounted on another surface or object, as a turbocharger or transceiver in an automobile, a unit suspendable from shelving, or a portable soap dish. adjective 2. pertaining to or denoting such an attachment: A clumsy hang-on unit supplied the air conditioning.
- Hang on to your hat
Also, hold your hat. An expression warning someone of a big surprise. For example, Hang on to your hat, we’re about to go public, or Hold your hat—we just won the lottery. This expression may allude, according to lexicographer Eric Partridge, to a wild ride on a rollercoaster. [ ; first half of 1900s ]