[hang-ing] /ˈhæŋ ɪŋ/
the act, an instance, or the form of capital punishment carried out by suspending one by the neck from a gallows, gibbet, or the like, until dead.
Often, hangings. something that hangs or is hung on the walls of a room, as a drapery or tapestry.
a suspending or temporary attaching, as of a painting:
a careless hanging of pictures.
punishable by, deserving, or causing death by hanging:
a hanging crime; a hanging offense.
inclined to inflict death by hanging:
a hanging jury.
suspended; pendent; overhanging:
a hanging cliff.
situated on a steep slope or at a height:
a hanging garden.
a hanging look.
made, holding, or suitable for a hanging object.
verb (used with object), hung or especially for 4, 5, 20, hanged; hanging.
to fasten or attach (a thing) so that it is supported only from above or at a point near its own top; suspend.
to attach or suspend so as to allow free movement:
to hang a pendulum.
to place in position or fasten so as to allow easy or ready movement.
to put to death by suspending by the neck from a gallows, gibbet, yardarm, or the like.
to suspend (oneself) by the neck until dead:
He hanged himself from a beam in the attic.
to fasten to a cross; crucify.
to furnish or decorate with something suspended:
to hang a room with pictures.
to fasten into position; fix at a proper angle:
to hang a scythe.
to fasten or attach (wallpaper, pictures, etc.) to a wall:
to hang pictures in a room.
to suspend (something) in front of anything:
to hang curtains on a window.
to attach or annex as an addition:
to hang a rider on a bill.
to attach (a door or the like) to its frame by means of hinges.
to make (an idea, form, etc.) dependent on a situation, structure, concept, or the like, usually derived from another source:
He hung the meaning of his puns on the current political scene.
(of a juror) to keep (a jury) from rendering a verdict by refusing to agree with the others.
Informal. to cause (a nickname, epithet, etc.) to become associated with a person:
Friends hung that nickname on him.
Slang. to hit with (a fist, blow, punch, etc.):
He hung a left on his opponent’s jaw.
Baseball. to throw (a pitch) so that it fails to break, as a curve.
Nautical. to steady (a boat) in one place against a wind or current by thrusting a pole or the like into the bottom under the boat and allowing the wind or current to push the boat side-on against the pole.
(used in mild curses and emphatic expressions, often as a euphemism for damn):
I’ll be hanged if I do. Hang it all!
verb (used without object), hung or especially for 24, hanged; hanging.
to be suspended; dangle.
to swing freely, as on a hinge.
to incline downward, jut out, or lean over or forward:
The tree hung over the edge of the lake.
to be suspended by the neck, as from a gallows, and suffer death in this way.
to be crucified.
to be conditioned or contingent; be dependent:
His future hangs on the outcome of their discussion.
to be doubtful or undecided; waver or hesitate:
He hung between staying and going.
to remain unfinished or undecided; be delayed:
Let that matter hang until our next meeting.
to linger, remain, or persist:
He hung by her side, unwilling to leave.
to float or hover in the air:
Fog hung over the city.
to be oppressive, burdensome, or tedious:
guilt that hangs on one’s conscience.
to remain in attention or consideration (often followed by on or upon):
They hung on his every word.
to fit or drape in graceful lines:
That coat hangs well in back.
Informal. to hang out.
the way in which a thing hangs.
Informal. the precise manner of doing, using, etc., something; knack:
to get the hang of a tool.
Informal. meaning or thought:
to get the hang of a subject.
the least degree of care, concern, etc. (used in mild curses and emphatic expressions as a euphemism for damn):
He doesn’t give a hang about those things.
hang around/about, Informal.
hang in, Slang. to persevere:
She has managed to hang in despite years of bad luck.
Also, hang in there.
hang a left / right, Slang. to make a left (or right) turn, as while driving an automobile:
Hang a right at the next corner.
hang five, to ride a surfboard with the weight of the body forward and the toes of the forward foot curled over the front edge of the surfboard.
hang in the balance, to be in a precarious state or condition:
The wounded man’s life hung in the balance.
hang it up, Informal. to quit, resign, give up, etc.:
The chief engineer is hanging it up after 40 years with the company.
hang loose, Slang. to remain relaxed or calm:
Try to hang loose and don’t let it bother you.
hang one on, Slang.
hang one’s head. (def 66).
hang ten, to ride a surfboard with the weight of the body as far forward as possible and the toes of both feet curled over the front edge of the surfboard.
hang tough, Slang. to remain unyielding, stubborn, or inflexible:
He’s hanging tough and won’t change his mind.
let it all hang out, Slang.
(often pl) a decorative textile such as a tapestry or drapery hung on a wall or over a window
the act of a person or thing that hangs
not supported from below; suspended
undecided; still under discussion
inclining or projecting downwards; overhanging
situated on a steep slope or in a high place
(prenominal) given to issuing harsh sentences, esp death sentences: a hanging judge
(Northern English, informal) unpleasant
(chess) See hanging pawn
verb hangs, hanging, hung (hʌŋ)
to fasten or be fastened from above, esp by a cord, chain, etc; suspend: the picture hung on the wall, to hang laundry
to place or be placed in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement around or at the place of suspension: to hang a door
(intransitive) sometimes foll by over. to be suspended or poised; hover: a pall of smoke hung over the city
(intransitive) sometimes foll by over. to be imminent; threaten
(intransitive) to be or remain doubtful or unresolved (esp in the phrase hang in the balance)
(past tense and past participle hanged) to suspend or be suspended by the neck until dead
(transitive) to fasten, fix, or attach in position or at an appropriate angle: to hang a scythe to its handle
(transitive) to decorate, furnish, or cover with something suspended or fastened: to hang a wall with tapestry
(transitive) to fasten to or suspend from a wall: to hang wallpaper
to exhibit (a picture or pictures) by (a particular painter, printmaker, etc) or (of a picture or a painter, etc) to be exhibited in an art gallery, etc
to fall or droop or allow to fall or droop: to hang one’s head in shame
(of cloth, clothing, etc) to drape, fall, or flow, esp in a specified manner: her skirt hangs well
(transitive) to suspend (game such as pheasant) so that it becomes slightly decomposed and therefore more tender and tasty
(of a jury) to prevent or be prevented from reaching a verdict
(past tense and past participle hanged) (slang) to damn or be damned: used in mild curses or interjections: I’ll be hanged before I’ll go out in that storm
(intransitive) to pass slowly (esp in the phrase time hangs heavily)
hang tough, See tough (sense 10)
the way in which something hangs
(usually used with a negative) (slang) a damn: I don’t care a hang for what you say
(informal) get the hang of
“act of putting to death on the gallows,” c.1300 (see hang). Hanging judge first recorded 1848. Meaning “piece of drapery on the wall of a room” is late 15c. Hangings “curtains, tapestry” is from 1640s.
a fusion of Old English hon “suspend” (transitive, class VII strong verb; past tense heng, past participle hangen), and Old English hangian (weak, intransitive, past tense hangode) “be suspended;” also probably influenced by Old Norse hengja “suspend,” and hanga “be suspended.” All from Proto-Germanic *khang- (cf. Old Frisian hangia, Dutch hangen, German hängen), from PIE *kank- “to hang” (cf. Gothic hahan, Hittite gang- “to hang,” Sanskrit sankate “wavers,” Latin cunctari “to delay;” see also second element in Stonehenge). As a method of execution, in late Old English (but originally specifically of crucifixion).
Hung emerged as past participle 16c. in northern England dialect, and hanged endured only in legal language (which tends to be conservative) and metaphors extended from it (I’ll be hanged). Teen slang sense of “spend time” first recorded 1951; hang around “idle, loiter” is from 1830, and hang out (v.) is from 1811. Hang fire (1781) was originally used of guns that were slow in communicating the fire through the vent to the charge. To let it all hang out “be relaxed and uninhibited” is from 1967.
late 15c., “a sling,” from hang (v.). Meaning “a curtain” is from c.1500; that of “the way cloth hangs” is from 1797. To get the hang of (something) “become capable” is from 1834, American English. Perhaps originally in reference to a certain tool or feat, but, if so, its origin has been forgotten. It doesn’t seem to have been originally associated with drapery or any other special use of hang.
‘To get the hang of a thing,’ is to get the knack, or habitual facility of doing it well. A low expression frequently heard among us. In the Craven Dialect of England is the word hank, a habit; from which this word hang may perhaps be derived. [John Russell Bartlett, “Dictionary of Americanisms,” New York, 1848]
how they hanging
(as a punishment), a mark of infamy inflicted on the dead bodies of criminals (Deut. 21:23) rather than our modern mode of punishment. Criminals were first strangled and then hanged (Nu. 25:4; Deut. 21:22). (See 2 Sam. 21:6 for the practice of the Gibeonites.) Hanging (as a curtain). (1.) Heb. masak, (a) before the entrance to the court of the tabernacle (Ex. 35:17); (b) before the door of the tabernacle (26:36, 37); (c) before the entrance to the most holy place, called “the veil of the covering” (35:12; 39:34), as the word properly means. (2.) Heb. kelaim, tapestry covering the walls of the tabernacle (Ex. 27:9; 35:17; Num. 3:26) to the half of the height of the wall (Ex. 27:18; comp. 26:16). These hangings were fastened to pillars. (3.) Heb. bottim (2 Kings 23:7), “hangings for the grove” (R.V., “for the Asherah”); marg., instead of “hangings,” has “tents” or “houses.” Such curtained structures for idolatrous worship are also alluded to in Ezek. 16:16.
[hang-ing-flahy] /ˈhæŋ ɪŋˌflaɪ/ noun, plural hangingflies. 1. a small, long-legged scorpionfly of the family Bittacidae, resembling the but having four wings rather than two and from leaves or twigs by the front or middle legs while using the hind legs to seize prey, mostly small .
noun 1. ornamental gardens planted on the terraces of the ziggurats of ancient Babylon. noun 1. (in ancient Babylon) gardens, probably planted on terraces of a ziggurat: one of the Seven Wonders of the World
- Hanging glacier
noun 1. a glacier situated on a shelf above a valley or another glacier; it may be joined to the lower level by an icefall or separate from it
- Hanging indentation
noun 1. (printing) a style of text-setting in which the first line of a paragraph is set to the full measure and subsequent lines are indented at the left-hand side