- 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 hinging
A sign of this is that few see the fate of an eventual meeting as hinging on an upcoming UN nuclear inspection of Iran.Iran's Offer to Talk About Its Nuclear Program Eases Tension For Now
February 18, 2012
A heavy strong twine may be used for hinging the wings to the body.Educational Toys
Louis C. Petersen
The cross shapes had bent, hinging above the transverse arms.The Metal Monster
As to hinging on at the present rents, it is madness—the very extremity of madness.The Shepherd's Calendar
For hinging upon that is the hopelessness, almost a dead, drear certainty, she will never have deliverance!Gwen Wynn
By hinging the sash to the top of the frame as shown in the illustration, it can be swung up out of the way when opened.The Boy Craftsman
A. Neely Hall
- 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 hinging
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.