Hang meaning

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To fasten from above with no support from below; suspend.

Hung the hat on a peg.

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To suspend or fasten so as to allow free movement at or about the point of suspension.

Hang a door.

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To furnish, decorate, or appoint by suspending objects around or about.

Hang a room with curtains.

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To hold or incline downward; let droop.

Hang one's head in sorrow.

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To hang is defined as to attach to something above without any support underneath.

An example of to hang is attaching a painting to a wall.

An example of to hang is a suspended trapeze performer.

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To depend.

Everything hangs on the committee's decision.

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To alter the hem of (a garment) so as to fall evenly at a specified height.
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To make (a turn in a specific direction).

At the next intersection, hang a right.

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To give (a nickname or label) to someone.
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To deadlock (a jury) by failing to render a unanimous verdict.
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To throw (a pitch) in such a manner as to fail to break.
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To cause (a computer system) to halt so that input devices, such as the keyboard or the mouse, do not function.
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To be attached from above with no support from below.
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To die as a result of hanging.
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To remain suspended or poised over a place or an object; hover.

Rain clouds hanging low over the corn fields.

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To attach oneself as a dependent or an impediment; cling.
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To incline downward; droop.
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To pay strict attention.

A student who hangs on the professor's every word.

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To remain unresolved or uncertain.

His future hung in the balance.

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To fit the body in loose lines.

A dress that hangs well.

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To be on display, as in a gallery.
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To fail to break or move in the intended way, as a curve ball.
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To be imminent; loom.

The threat hanging over us.

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To be or become burdensome.

Time hung heavy on my hands.

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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.

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The way in which something hangs.
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A downward inclination or slope.
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Particular meaning or significance.
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The proper method for doing, using, or handling something.

Finally got the hang of it.

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A suspension of motion; a slackening.
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To attach to something above with no support from below; suspend.
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To attach so as to permit free motion at the point of attachment.

To hang a door on its hinges.

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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.
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To fasten (pictures, etc.) to a wall by hooks, wires, etc.
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To ornament or cover with things suspended.

To hang a room with pictures and drapes.

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To paste (wallpaper) to walls.
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To exhibit (pictures) in a museum or gallery.
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To let (one's head) droop downward.
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To fasten (an ax head, scythe blade, etc.) with correct balance.
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To pin and sew the hem of (a dress) evenly at a desired distance from the floor.
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To deadlock (a jury) by one's vote.
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To fix (something) on a person or thing.
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To pitch (a breaking ball) that fails to curve sharply and is therefore easy to hit.
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To be attached to something above with no support from below.
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To hover or float in the air, as though suspended.
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To swing, as on a hinge.
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To fall, flow, or drape, as cloth, a coat, etc.
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To die by hanging.
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To be doubtful or undecided; hesitate.
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To have one's pictures exhibited in a museum or gallery.
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To hell with; damn.
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The way that a thing hangs.
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A pause in, or suspension of, motion.
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(intransitive) To be or remain suspended.

The lights hung from the ceiling.

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(intransitive) To float, as if suspended.

The smoke hung in the room.

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To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect.

He hung his head in shame.

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To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger, or the like.

Hang those lights from the ceiling.

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(law) To execute (someone) by suspension from the neck.

The culprits were hanged from the nearest tree.

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(intransitive, law) To be executed by suspension by one's neck from a gallows, a tree, or other raised bar, attached by a rope tied into a noose.

You will hang for this, my friend.

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(intransitive, informal) To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.

Are you busy, or can you hang with me?

I didn't see anything, officer. I was just hanging.

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To exhibit (an object) by hanging.
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To apply (wallpaper or drywall to a wall).

Let's hang this cute animal design in the nursery.

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To decorate (something) with hanging objects.
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(intransitive, figuratively) To remain persistently in one's thoughts.
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(intransitive, computing) To stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard or mouse.

The computer has hung again. Not even pressing <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> works.

When I push this button the program hangs.

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(computing) To cause (a program or computer) to stop responding.

The program has a bug that can hang the system.

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(chess) To cause (a piece) to become vulnerable to capture.

If you move there, you'll hang your queen rook.

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(intransitive, chess) To be vulnerable to capture.

In this standard opening position White has to be careful because the pawn on e4 hangs.

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The way in which something hangs.

This skirt has a nice hang.

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(figuratively) A grip, understanding.

He got the hang of it after only two demonstrations.

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(computing) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices.

We sometimes get system hangs.

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(music) An idiophone somewhat similar to a steelpan.
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A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
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(Ireland, informal, derogatory) Cheap, processed ham (cured pork), often made specially for sandwiches.
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Name and trademark of a musical instrument invented and built by PANArt Hangbau AG.
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give
  • To be concerned or anxious:.
    I don't give a hang what you do.
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hang fire
  • To delay:.
  • To be slow in firing, as a gun.
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hang in there
  • To persevere despite difficulties; persist:.
    She hung in there despite pressure to resign.
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hang it up
  • To give up; quit.
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hang loose
  • To stay calm or relaxed.
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hang (one's) hat
  • To settle oneself; take up residence:.
    Hung my hat in Chicago.
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hang on to
  • To hold firmly; keep fast:.
    Hang on to your money.
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hang (someone) out to dry
  • To leave (someone) in a difficult situation, especially in taking blame for a failure or an act of wrongdoing.
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hang tough
  • To remain firmly resolved:.
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let it all hang out
  • To be completely relaxed.
  • To be completely candid.
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get the hang of
  • To learn (or have) the knack of.
  • To understand the significance or idea of.
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hang a left (or right)
  • To turn to the left (or right), as in driving a car.
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hang around
  • To cluster around.
  • To loiter or linger around.
  • To associate or socialize with.
    Don't hang around those kids!.
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hang around with
  • To associate or socialize with.
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hang back
  • To be reluctant to advance, as from timidity or shyness.
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hang fire
  • To be slow in firing.
  • To be slow in doing something.
  • To be unsettled or undecided.
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hang five (or ten)
  • To ride a surfboard with the toes of one (or both) feet draped over the front edge of the board.
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hang in (there)
  • To hold steadfast; persevere.
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hang it!
  • To hell with it! damn it!.
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hang it up
  • To retire or quit.
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hang loose
  • To be relaxed, easygoing, etc.
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hang on
  • To keep hold.
  • To hold steadfast; persevere.
  • To depend on; be contingent on.
  • To listen attentively to.
    To hang on a speaker's every word.
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hang one on
  • To hit with a blow.
  • To go on a drunken spree.
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hang out
  • To lean out.
  • To display, as by suspending.
  • To loiter; idle.
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hang over
  • To project over; overhang.
  • To loom over; threaten.
  • To be left from a previous time or state.
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hang together
  • To stick or remain together.
  • To make sense in a coherent way.
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hang tough
  • To take a firm or defiant stand; be inflexible.
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hang up
  • To put on a hanger, hook, etc., esp. in the proper place.
  • 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.
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hang up on someone
  • To end abruptly and rudely a telephone or cell-phone conversation with someone.
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let it all hang out
  • To go all the way; be uninhibited.
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not care a hang about
  • To not care the least bit about.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

hang in there
hang it up
hang on to
hang (someone) out to dry
let it all hang out
hang a left (<i>or</i> right)
hang around with
hang five (<i>or</i> ten)
hang in (there)
hang it up
hang up on someone
let it all hang out
not care a hang about

Origin of hang

  • Middle English hongen from Old English hangian to be suspended and from hōn to hang konk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A fusion of Old English hōn (“to hang, be hanging”) [intrans.] and hangian (“to hang, cause to hang”) [trans.]; also probably influenced by Old Norse hengja (“suspend”) and hanga (“be suspended”); all from Proto-Germanic *hanhaną (compare Dutch hangen, German hängen), from Proto-Indo-European *keng- (“to waver, be in suspense”) (compare Gothic (hāhan), Hittite gang- (“to hang”), Sanskrit [script?] (sankate, “wavers”), Latin cunctari (“to delay”)) and Albanian çengë (“a hook”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From hang sangwich, Irish colloquial pronunciation of ham sandwich.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Alemannic German Hang (“hand”)

    From Wiktionary