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hanging

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hanging \Hang"ing\, adjective

1. Requiring, deserving, or foreboding death by the halter. "What a hanging face!" --Dryden.

2. Suspended from above; pendent; as, hanging shelves.

3. Adapted for sustaining a hanging object; as, the hanging post of a gate, the post which holds the hinges.

{Hanging compass}, a compass suspended so that the card may be read from beneath.

{Hanging garden}, a garden sustained at an artificial elevation by any means, as by the terraces at Babylon.

{Hanging indentation}. See under {Indentation}.

{Hanging rail} (Arch.), that rail of a door or casement to which hinges are attached.

{Hanging side} (Mining), the overhanging side of an inclined or hading vein.

{Hanging sleeves}. (a) Strips of the same stuff as the gown, hanging down the back from the shoulders. (b) Loose, flowing sleeves.

{Hanging stile}. (Arch.) (a) That stile of a door to which hinges are secured. (b) That upright of a window frame to which casements are hinged, or in which the pulleys for sash windows are fastened.

{Hanging wall} (Mining), the upper wall of inclined vein, or that which hangs over the miner's head when working in the vein.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hanging \Hang"ing\, noun

1. The act of suspending anything; the state of being suspended.

2. Death by suspension; execution by a halter.

3. That which is hung as lining or drapery for the walls of a room, as tapestry, paper, etc., or to cover or drape a door or window; -- used chiefly in the plural.

Now purple hangings clothe the palace walls. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hang \Hang\ (h[a^]ng), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Hanged} (h[a^]ngd) or {Hung} (h[u^]ng); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hanging}.

Usage: The use of hanged is preferable to that of hung, when reference is had to death or execution by suspension, and it is also more common.] [OE. hangen, hongien, v. t. & i., AS. hangian, verb (used without an object), fr. h[=o]n, verb (used with an object) (imp. heng, p. p. hongen); akin to OS. hang[=o]n, verb (used without an object), D. hangen, verb (used with an object) & i., G. hangen, v. i, h[aum]ngen, v. t., Icel. hanga, verb (used without an object), Goth. h[=a]han, verb (used with an object) (imp. ha['i]hah), h[=a]han, verb (used without an object) (imp. hahaida), and perh. to L. cunctari to delay. [root]37. ]

1. To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without support from below; -- often used with up or out; as, to hang a coat on a hook; to hang up a sign; to hang out a banner.

2. To fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon the point or points of suspension; -- said of a pendulum, a swing, a door, gate, etc.

3. To fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its snath, or an ax to its helve. [U. S.]

4. To put to death by suspending by the neck; -- a form of capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer.

5. To cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures, trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with paper hangings; -- said of a wall, a room, etc.

Hung be the heavens with black. --Shak.

And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils. --Dryden.

6. To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.

7. To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect; to droop; as, he hung his head in shame.

Cowslips wan that hang the pensive head. --Milton.

8. To prevent from reaching a decision, esp. by refusing to join in a verdict that must be unanimous; as, one obstinate juror can hang a jury. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{To hang down}, to let fall below the proper position; to bend down; to decline; as, to hang down the head, or, elliptically, to hang the head.

{To hang fire} (Mil.), to be slow in communicating fire through the vent to the charge; as, the gun hangs fire; hence, to hesitate, to hold back as if in suspense.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

hanging

noun

1: decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window; "the cold castle walls were covered with hangings" [syn: {hanging}, {wall hanging}]

2: a form of capital punishment; victim is suspended by the neck from a gallows or gibbet until dead; "in those days the hanging of criminals was a public entertainment"

3: the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely); "there was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait" [syn: {suspension}, {dangling}, {hanging}]

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