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4 definitions found

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

Hang \Hang\, verb (used without an object)

1. To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to remain; to stay.

2. To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension.

3. To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck. [R.] "Sir Balaam hangs." --Pope.

4. To hold for support; to depend; to cling; -- usually with on or upon; as, this question hangs on a single point. "Two infants hanging on her neck." --Peacham.

5. To be, or be like, a suspended weight.

Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden. --Addison.

6. To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; -- usually with over; as, evils hang over the country.

7. To lean or incline; to incline downward.

To decide which way hung the victory. --Milton.

His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder hung. --Pope.

8. To slope down; as, hanging grounds.

9. To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to linger; to be delayed.

A noble stroke he lifted high, Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell On the proud crest of Satan. --Milton.

10. (Cricket, Tennis, etc.) Of a ball: To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of ground. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

11. (Baseball) to fail to curve, break, or drop as intended; -- said of pitches, such as curve balls or sliders. [PJC]

12. (Computers) to cease to operate normally and remain suspended in some state without performing useful work; -- said of computer programs, computers, or individual processes within a program; as, when using Windows 3.1, my system would hang and need rebooting several times a day.

Note: this situation could be caused by bugs within an operating system or within a program, or incompatibility between programs or between programs and the hardware. [PJC]

{To hang around}, to loiter idly about.

{To hang back}, to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant. "If any one among you hangs back." --Jowett (Thucyd.).

{To hang by the eyelids}. (a) To hang by a very slight hold or tenure. (b) To be in an unfinished condition; to be left incomplete.

{To hang in doubt}, to be in suspense.

{To hang on} (with the emphasis on the preposition), to keep hold; to hold fast; to stick; to be persistent, as a disease.

{To hang on the lips} {To hang on the words}, etc., to be charmed by eloquence.

{To hang out}. (a) To be hung out so as to be displayed; to project. (b) To be unyielding; as, the juryman hangs out against an agreement; to hold out. [Colloq.] (c) to loiter or lounge around a particular place; as, teenageers tend to hang out at the mall these days.

{To hang over}. (a) To project at the top. (b) To impend over.

{To hang to}, to cling.

{To hang together}. (a) To remain united; to stand by one another. "We are all of a piece; we hang together." --Dryden. (b) To be self-consistent; as, the story does not hang together. [Colloq.]

{To hang upon}. (a) To regard with passionate affection. (b) (Mil.) To hover around; as, to hang upon the flanks of a retreating enemy.

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

Hang \Hang\, noun

1. The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is connected with, another; as, the hang of a scythe.

2. Connection; arrangement; plan; as, the hang of a discourse. [Colloq.]

3. A sharp or steep declivity or slope. [Colloq.]

{To get the hang of}, to learn the method or arrangement of; hence, to become accustomed to. [Colloq.]

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]:

hang

noun

1: a special way of doing something; "he had a bent for it"; "he had a special knack for getting into trouble"; "he couldn't get the hang of it" [syn: {bent}, {knack}, {hang}]

2: the way a garment hangs; "he adjusted the hang of his coat"

3: a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is supported by the arms

verb

1: be suspended or hanging; "The flag hung on the wall"

2: cause to be hanging or suspended; "Hang that picture on the wall" [syn: {hang}, {hang up}]

3: kill by hanging; "The murderer was hanged on Friday" [syn: {hang}, {string up}]

4: let drop or droop; "Hang one's head in shame"

5: fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back" [syn: {hang}, {fall}, {flow}]

6: be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive; "This worry hangs on my mind"; "The cloud of suspicion hangs over her"

7: give heed (to); "The children in the audience attended the recital quietly"; "She hung on his every word"; "They attended to everything he said" [syn: {attend}, {hang}, {advert}, {pay heed}, {give ear}]

8: be suspended or poised; "Heavy fog hung over the valley"

9: hold on tightly or tenaciously; "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron" [syn: {cling}, {hang}]

10: be exhibited; "Picasso hangs in this new wing of the museum"

11: prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury

12: decorate or furnish with something suspended; "Hang wallpaper"

13: be placed in position as by a hinge; "This cabinet door doesn't hang right!"

14: place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction; "hang a door"

15: suspend (meat) in order to get a gamey taste; "hang the venison for a few days"

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