- a jointed device or flexible piece on which a door, gate, shutter, lid, or other attached part turns, swings, or moves.
- a natural anatomical joint at which motion occurs around a transverse axis, as that of the knee or a bivalve shell.
- that on which something is based or depends; pivotal consideration or factor.
- Also called mount. Philately. a gummed sticker for affixing a stamp to a page of an album, so folded as to form a hinge, allowing the stamp to be raised to reveal the text beneath.
- to be dependent or contingent on, or as if on, a hinge (usually followed by on or upon): Everything hinges on his decision.
- to furnish with or attach by a hinge or hinges.
- to attach as if by a hinge.
- to make or consider as dependent upon; predicate: He hinged his action on future sales.
Origin of hinge
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Examples from the Web for hinge
Complete male reproductive independence would also hinge on artificial womb technology, which also made headlines in 2014.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
Race relations in Saint Louis could hinge on the outcome of this announcement.Ferguson Tensions in Black and White
November 21, 2014
The game is almost certain to hinge on how well Manning and his receivers fare against Sherman and company.Peyton Manning Vs. Richard Sherman
January 31, 2014
Much will hinge on what happens in 2014, in the coming crisis negotiations and then in the elections.The Ted Cruz Armageddon Is Coming
October 18, 2013
Whether the facts will be enough to avert disaster will hinge largely on whether Boehner can bring himself to accept them.Washington’s Other Car Crash: Obama vs. the Boehner Rule
October 4, 2013
A hinge creaked, but it was no louder than the rustle of silk against silk.Way of the Lawless
Because there was nothing else to do, Grant unscrewed his helmet and let it fall back on its hinge.Pirates of the Gorm
If any part of the frame cracked, if the hinge creaked, I was a lost man!Masterpieces of Mystery
The other hinge still held, but it was bending with each mighty blow.The Affair of the Brains
The prison was still as the grave; not a step could I hear; not a bolt nor a hinge creaked.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
- a device for holding together two parts such that one can swing relative to the other, typically having two interlocking metal leaves held by a pin about which they pivot
- anatomy a type of joint, such as the knee joint, that moves only backwards and forwards; a joint that functions in only one planeTechnical name: ginglymus
- a similar structure in invertebrate animals, such as the joint between the two halves of a bivalve shell
- something on which events, opinions, etc, turn
- Also called: mount philately a small thin transparent strip of gummed paper for affixing a stamp to a page
- (tr) to attach or fit a hinge to (something)
- (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to depend (on)
- (intr) to hang or turn on or as if on a hinge
Word Origin and History for hinge
c.1300, "the axis of the earth;" late 14c. as "movable joint of a gate or door," not found in Old English, cognate with Middle Dutch henghe "hook, handle," Middle Low German henge "hinge," from Proto-Germanic *hanhan (transitive), *hangen (intransitive), from PIE *konk- "to hang" (see hang (v.)). The notion is the thing from which a door hangs.
c.1600, "to bend," from hinge (n.). Meaning "turn on, depend" is from 1719. Related: Hinged; hinging.
- A jointed or flexible device that allows the turning or pivoting of a part, such as a door or lid, on a stationary frame.