Definitions for: Hang


[n] the way a garment hangs; "he adjusted the hang of his coat"
[n] a special way of doing something; "he had a bent for it"; "he had a special knack for getting into trouble"; "he couldn't get the hang of it"
[v] of meat, in order to get a gamey taste; "hang the venison for a few days"
[v] hold on tightly or tenaciously; "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron"
[v] cause to be hanging or suspended; "Hang that picture on the wall"
[v] place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction; "hang a door"
[v] be placed in position as by a hinge; "This cabinet door doesn't hang right!"
[v] be suspended or poised; "Heavy fog hung over the valley"
[v] be suspended or hanging; "The flag hung on the wall"
[v] fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
[v] decorate or furnish with something suspended; "Hang wallpaper"
[v] let drop or droop; "Hang one's head in shame"
[v] give heed (to); "The children in the audience attended the recital quietly"; "She hung on his every word"; "They paid attention to everything he said"
[v] kill by hanging; "The murdered was hanged on Friday"
[v] prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
[v] be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive; "This worry hangs on my mind"; "The cloud of suspicion hangs over her"
[v] be exhibited; "Picasso hangs in this new wing of the museum"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hang, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hanged (h?ngd) or Hung; p.
pr. & vb. n. Hanging.

Usage: The use of hanged is preferable to that of hung, when
reference is had to death or execution by suspension,
and it is also more common.] [OE. hangen, hangien, v.
t. & i., AS. hangian, v. i., fr. h?n, v. t. (imp.
heng, p. p. hongen); akin to OS. hang?n, v. i. D.
hangen, v. t. & i., G. hangen, v. i, h["a]ngen, v. t,
Isel hanga, v. i., Goth. h[=a]han, v. t. (imp.
ha['i]hah), h[=a]han, v. i. (imp. hahaida), and perh.
to L. cunctari to delay. [root]37. ]
1. To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without
support from below; -- often used with up or out; as, to
hang a coat on a hook; to hang up a sign; to hang out a
banner.

2. To fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon
the point or points of suspension; -- said of a pendulum,
a swing, a door, gate, etc.

3. To fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an
implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its
snath, or an ax to its helve. [U. S.]

4. To put to death by suspending by the neck; -- a form of
capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer.

5. To cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures
trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with paper
hangings; -- said of a wall, a room, etc.

Hung be the heavens with black. --Shak.

And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils.
--Dryden.

6. To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.

7. To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or
position instead of erect; to droop; as, he hung his head
in shame.

Cowslips wan that hang the pensive head. --Milton.

To hang down, to let fall below the proper position; to
bend down; to decline; as, to hang down the head, or,
elliptically, to hang the head.

To hang fire (Mil.), to be slow in communicating fire
through the vent to the charge; as, the gun hangs fire;
hence, to hesitate, to hold back as if in suspense.


Hang, v. i.
1. To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without
support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to
remain; to stay.

2. To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion
on the point or points of suspension.

3. To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck.
[R.] ``Sir Balaam hangs.'' --Pope.

4. To hold for support; to depend; to cling; -- usually with
on or upon; as, this question hangs on a single point.
``Two infants hanging on her neck.'' --Peacham.

5. To be, or be like, a suspended weight.

Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden. --Addison.

6. To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; -- usually
with over; as, evils hang over the country.

7. To lean or incline; to incline downward.

To decide which way hung the victory. --Milton.

His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder hung. --Pope.

8. To slope down; as, hanging grounds.

9. To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to
linger; to be delayed.

A noble stroke he lifted high, Which hung not, but
so swift with tempest fell On the proud crest of
Satan. --Milton.

To hang around, to loiter idly about.

To hang back, to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant. ``If
any one among you hangs back.'' --Jowett (Thucyd.).

To hang by the eyelids.
(a) To hang by a very slight hold or tenure.
(b) To be in an unfinished condition; to be left
incomplete.

To hang in doubt, to be in suspense.

To hang on (with the emphasis on the preposition), to keep
hold; to hold fast; to stick; to be persistent, as a
disease.

To hang on the lips, words, etc., to be charmed by
eloquence.

To hang out.
(a) To be hung out so as to be displayed; to project.
(b) To be unyielding; as, the juryman hangs out against an
agreement. [Colloq.]



To hang over.
(a) To project at the top.
(b) To impend over.

To hang to, to cling.

To hang together.
(a) To remain united; to stand by one another. ``We are
all of a piece; we hang together.'' --Dryden.
(b) To be self-consistent; as, the story does not hang
together. [Colloq.]

To hang upon.
(a) To regard with passionate affection.
(b) (Mil.) To hover around; as, to hang upon the flanks of
a retreating enemy.


Hang, n.
1. The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is
connected with, another; as, the hang of a scythe.

2. Connection; arrangement; plan; as, the hang of a
discourse. [Colloq.]



3. A sharp or steep declivity or slope. [Colloq.]

To get the hang of, to learn the method or arrangement of;
hence, to become accustomed to. [Colloq.]


Hang, v. i. (Cricket, Tennis, etc.)
Of a ball: To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due
to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of ground.


Hang, v. t.
To prevent from reaching a decision, esp. by refusing to join
in a verdict that must be unanimous; as, one obstinate juror
can hang a jury.

Synonyms: advert, attend, bent, cling, fall, flow, give ear, hang up, knack, pay attention, pay heed, string up

See Also: adorn, be, beautify, beetle, block, blockade, brood, bulk large, dangle, decompose, decorate, drop, drop, embarrass, embellish, endowment, execute, fasten, fit, fix, fixate, gibbet, gift, grace, grasp, grip, halter, hang, hinder, hold on, hover, listen, loom, molder, moulder, natural endowment, obstruct, ornament, overhang, put to death, rot, secure, stymie, stymy, suspend, swing, talent

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