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.
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.
This plan hinges on her approval.
Hopes hinging on his success.
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.