Of or being a modifier, especially a participle or participial phrase, that grammatically modifies the subject of its sentence but semantically modifies another element of the sentence or an unstated referent, as approaching Dallas in the sentence Approaching Dallas, the skyline came into view. See Usage Note at participle.
- suspended from above
- Present participle of dangle.
Variant of dangle
intransitive verbdangled, dangling
- to hang loosely so as to swing back and forth: a long tail dangled from the kite
- to be a hanger-on; follow (after)
- to lack clear syntactic connection to another element in the sentence in which it occurs: said of a modifier [in “After marrying him, her trouble began,” “marrying” is a dangling participle]
Origin of dangle; from Scandinavian as in Danish dangle, Icelandic dingla, to dangle
- to hold (something) so that it hangs and swings loosely: the child dangled the doll by one arm
- to offer in a tempting or teasing way as an inducement