Hinge meaning

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To hinge is defined as to attach or join to something using a mechanism that allows for swinging or opening, or to depend on entirely or to turn on entirely.

When an ironing board is attached to a wall by a mechanism that allows it to fold up, this is an example of a time when the ironing board hinges to the door.

When a project depends upon receiving funding, this is an example of a time when the project hinges on the receipt of funding.

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The definition of a hinge is a movable mechanism that joins a door and a frame, a gate and a fence or other related things that need to open and close of a hinge is a central or important point that everything depends upon.

The joint between a door and a frame that pivots when the door opens is an example of a hinge.

A pivotal moment in time that everything turns on or depends upon is an example of a hinge.

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A point or circumstance on which subsequent events depend.
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To be contingent on a single factor; depend.

This plan hinges on her approval.

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A small folded paper rectangle gummed on one side, used especially to fasten stamps in an album.
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To attach by or equip with or as if with hinges or a hinge.
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To consider or make (something) dependent on something else; predicate.
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A joint or device on which a door, gate, lid, etc. swings.
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A natural joint, as of the bivalve shell of a clam or oyster.
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A thin, gummed piece of paper, folded for fastening a stamp in an album.
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Anything on which matters turn or depend; cardinal point or principle; pivot.
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To equip with or attach by a hinge.
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To hang as on a hinge; be contingent; depend.

Hopes hinging on his success.

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A jointed or flexible device that allows the pivoting of a door etc. See also pintel.
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A stamp hinge, a folded and gummed paper rectangle for affixing postage stamps in an album.
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A principle, or a point in time, on which subsequent reasonings or events depend.

This argument was the hinge on which the question turned.

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(statistics) The median of the upper or lower half of a batch, sample, or probability distribution.
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One of the four cardinal points, east, west, north, or south.
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To attach by, or equip with a hinge.
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(intransitive) To depend on something.
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Archaeology The breaking off of the distal end of a knapped stone flake whose presumed course across the face of the stone core was truncated prematurely, leaving not a feathered distal end but instead the scar of a nearly perpendicular break.

The flake hinged at an inclusion in the core.

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Origin of hinge

  • Middle English henge konk- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Middle English henge, from Old English *henge, compare Old English henge- in hengeclif (“overhanging cliff”), hengen (“hanging”). Akin to Low German henge (“a hook, hinge, handle”), Middle Dutch henghe, hanghe (“a hook, hinge, handle”), Dutch hengel (“hook”), geheng (“hinge”), hengsel (“hinge”), German dialectal hängel (“hook, joint”), German Henkel (“handle, hook”), Old English hōn (“to hang”), hangian (“to cause to hang, hang up”). More at hang.

    From Wiktionary