To hang is defined as to attach to something above without any support underneath.verb
- An example of to hang is attaching a painting to a wall.
- An example of to hang is a suspended trapeze performer.
- to attach to something above with no support from below; suspend
- to attach so as to permit free motion at the point of attachment: to hang a door on its hinges
- to put to death by tying a rope about the neck and suddenly suspending the body so as to snap the neck or cause strangulation
- to fasten (pictures, etc.) to a wall by hooks, wires, etc.
- to ornament or cover with things suspended: to hang a room with pictures and drapes
- to paste (wallpaper) to walls
- to exhibit (pictures) in a museum or gallery
- to let (one's head) droop downward
- to fasten (an ax head, scythe blade, etc.) with correct balance
- to pin and sew the hem of (a dress) evenly at a desired distance from the floor
- ☆ to deadlock (a jury) by one's vote
- to fix (something) on a person or thing
- ☆ Baseball to pitch (a breaking ball) that fails to curve sharply and is therefore easy to hit
Origin: ME hangen, with form < OE vi. hangian & ON vi. hanga; senses < these, also < OE vt. hon & ON caus. v. hengja; akin to Ger vi. hangen, vt. hängen, to execute (caus.): all ult. < IE base *enk, to sway, hang (akin to *keg- > hook)
- to be attached to something above with no support from below
- to hover or float in the air, as though suspended
- to swing, as on a hinge
- to fall, flow, or drape, as cloth, a coat, etc.
- to die by hanging
- to incline; lean
- to droop; bend
- to be doubtful or undecided; hesitate
- to have one's pictures exhibited in a museum or gallery
- Slang: often with with[hanging with their friends at the mall]
- to loiter; idle
- to engage in social activity
- the way that a thing hangs
- a pause in, or suspension of, motion
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verb hung hung , hang·ing, hangs verb, transitive
- To fasten from above with no support from below; suspend.
- To suspend or fasten so as to allow free movement at or about the point of suspension: hang a door.
- past tense and past participle hanged hanged a. To execute by suspending by the neck: They hanged the prisoner at dawn.b. Used to express exasperation or disgust: I'll be hanged! Hang it all!
- To fix or attach at an appropriate angle: hang a scythe to its handle.
- To alter the hem of (a garment) so as to fall evenly at a specified height.
- To furnish, decorate, or appoint by suspending objects around or about: hang a room with curtains.
- To hold or incline downward; let droop: hang one's head in sorrow.
- Informal To make (a turn in a specific direction): At the next intersection, hang a right.
- a. To attach to a wall: hang wallpaper.b. To display, as in a gallery or office: hung four new paintings in the foyer.
- Informal To give (a nickname or label) to someone.
- To deadlock (a jury) by failing to render a unanimous verdict.
- Baseball To throw (a pitch) in such a manner as to fail to break.
- Computer Science To cause (a computer system) to halt so that input devices, such as the keyboard or the mouse, do not function.
- To be attached from above with no support from below.
- To die as a result of hanging.
- To remain suspended or poised over a place or an object; hover: rain clouds hanging low over the corn fields.
- To attach oneself as a dependent or an impediment; cling.
- To incline downward; droop.
- To depend: Everything hangs on the committee's decision.
- To pay strict attention: a student who hangs on the professor's every word.
- To remain unresolved or uncertain: His future hung in the balance.
- To fit the body in loose lines: a dress that hangs well.
- To be on display, as in a gallery.
- Baseball To fail to break or move in the intended way, as a curve ball.
- To be imminent; loom: the threat hanging over us.
- To be or become burdensome. Time hung heavy on my hands.
- Computer Science To be halted, as a computer system, so that input devices do not function: The power surge caused my computer to hang, so I had to reboot it.
- Slang a. To spend one's free time in a certain place. Often used with around or out: liked to hang out at the pool hall.b. To pass time idly; loiter. Often used with around or out: spent the evening hanging at home; hung out for an hour before going to the play.c. To keep company; see socially. Often used with around or out: hangs around with kids from a different school.
- The way in which something hangs.
- A downward inclination or slope.
- Particular meaning or significance.
- Informal The proper method for doing, using, or handling something: finally got the hang of it.
- A suspension of motion; a slackening.
Origin: Middle English hongen, from Old English hangian, to be suspended, and from hōn, to hang; see konk- in Indo-European roots.
- hangˈa·ble adjective
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hang - Phrases/Idioms
get (or have) the hang ofâ
- to learn (or have) the knack of
- to understand the significance or idea of
hang a leftor hang a right
hang aroundor hang aboutâ
- to cluster around
- Informal to loiter or linger around
- Informal to associate or socialize with Don't hang around those kids!
hang around withâ
hang backor hang off
- to be slow in firing: said of a gun
- to be slow in doing something
- to be unsettled or undecided
hang five (or ten)
hang in (there)â
hang it (or them or 'em) up
- to keep hold
- to go on doing; persevere
- to depend on; be contingent on
- to lean on; be supported by
- to be a burden
- to listen attentively to
hang one onâ Slang
- to hit with a blow
- to go on a drunken spree
- to lean out
- to display, as by suspending
- to reside
- to spend much of one's time; frequent a place
- Slang to loiter; idle
- to project over; overhang
- to hover over
- to loom over; threaten
- to be left from a previous time or state
- to stick or remain together
- to make sense in a coherent way
- to put on a hanger, hook, etc., esp. in the proper place
- â to put a telephone receiver or handset back in place in ending a call
- to delay or suspend the progress of cars that are hung up in traffic
not care a hang aboutor not give a hang about
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- To delay: “They are people who hung fire even through the bloody days of the Hungarian Revolution” (Mark Muro).
- To be slow in firing, as a gun.
hang in there
hang it up
hang (one's) hat
hang on to
let it all hang out
- To be completely relaxed.
- To be completely candid.