transitive verb-·hung′, -·hang′ing
- to hang or project over or beyond
- to loom over; threaten
- the projection of one thing over or beyond another
- the amount of such projection
- an overhanging or projecting part, as the part of a ship's stern projecting beyond the sternpost
- Aeron. one half the difference in span of the two wings on a biplane or the distance from the last outer strut to the tip of the wing on a monoplane
- Archit. a projection of one part of a structure over another
- Econ. a surplus, as of a commodity, relative to current demand
- an excess of money in circulation, relative to the amount of goods and services available for purchase
verbo·ver·hung, o·ver·hang·ing, o·ver·hangs
- To project or extend over: trees that overhang the stream.
- To loom over: The threat of nuclear war overhangs modern society.
- A projecting part, such as an architectural structure or a rock formation.
- An amount of projection: an overhang of six inches.
- Nautical The part of a bow or stern that projects over the water.
- An excess of supply or capacity: An unusually warm winter created an overhang in oil stocks.
(third-person singular simple present overhangs, present participle overhanging, simple past and past participle overhung)
- To hang over (something).
Old English oferhangan, corresponding to over- +"Ž hang.
overhang - Investment & Finance Definition
A condition in the stock market in which a large number of shares of stocks of a particular company are expected to be sold in the near future, which likely will depress the share price. A large number of stock sales may occur when the lock-up period of an initial public offering expires or when a corporation that owns the stock of another company wants to liquidate that holding. The overhang may occur because the company is planning on issuing new shares in a follow-on stock offering. It also may occur because a company is planning to sell shares of another company that it acquired as an investment.