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Definition of HANGING

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Hanging \Hang"ing\, a.
     1. Requiring, deserving, or foreboding death by the halter.
        "What a hanging face!" --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]

     2. Suspended from above; pendent; as, hanging shelves. [1913 Webster]

     3. Adapted for sustaining a hanging object; as, the hanging post of a gate, the post which holds the hinges. [1913 Webster]

     {Hanging compass}, a compass suspended so that the card may be read from beneath.

     {Hanging garden}, a garden sustained at an artificial elevation by any means, as by the terraces at Babylon.

     {Hanging indentation}. See under {Indentation}.

     {Hanging rail} (Arch.), that rail of a door or casement to which hinges are attached.

     {Hanging side} (Mining), the overhanging side of an inclined or hading vein.

     {Hanging sleeves}.
        (a) Strips of the same stuff as the gown, hanging down the back from the shoulders. (b) Loose, flowing sleeves.

     {Hanging stile}. (Arch.)
        (a) That stile of a door to which hinges are secured. (b) That upright of a window frame to which casements are hinged, or in which the pulleys for sash windows are fastened.

     {Hanging wall} (Mining), the upper wall of inclined vein, or that which hangs over the miner's head when working in the vein. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hanging \Hang"ing\, n.
     1. The act of suspending anything; the state of being suspended. [1913 Webster]

     2. Death by suspension; execution by a halter. [1913 Webster]

     3. That which is hung as lining or drapery for the walls of a room, as tapestry, paper, etc., or to cover or drape a door or window; -- used chiefly in the plural. [1913 Webster]

              Now purple hangings clothe the palace walls.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hang \Hang\ (h[a^]ng), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hanged} (h[a^]ngd) or {Hung} (h[u^]ng); 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, hongien, v. t. & i., AS. hangian, v. i., fr. h[=o]n, v. t. (imp. heng, p. p. hongen); akin to OS. hang[=o]n, v. i., D. hangen, v. t. & i., G. hangen, v. i, h[aum]ngen, v. t., Icel. 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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     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.] [1913 Webster]

     4. To put to death by suspending by the neck; -- a form of capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Hung be the heavens with black.       --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     6. To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Cowslips wan that hang the pensive head. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     8. 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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