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overhung

[verb oh-ver-huhng; adjective oh-ver-huhng] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈhʌŋ; adjective ˈoʊ vərˌhʌŋ/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of overhang.
adjective
2.
hung or suspended from above:
an overhung door.
Origin of overhung
1700-1710
1700-10; over- + hung

overhang

[verb oh-ver-hang; noun oh-ver-hang] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈhæŋ; noun ˈoʊ vərˌhæŋ/
verb (used with object), overhung, overhanging.
1.
to hang or be suspended over:
A great chandelier overhung the ballroom.
2.
to extend, project, or jut over:
A wide balcony overhangs the garden.
3.
to impend over or threaten, as danger or evil; loom over:
The threat of war overhung Europe.
4.
to spread throughout; permeate; pervade:
the melancholy that overhung the proceedings.
5.
Informal. to hover over, as a threat or menace:
Unemployment continues to overhang the economic recovery.
verb (used without object), overhung, overhanging.
6.
to hang over; project or jut out over something below:
How far does the balcony overhang?
noun
7.
something that extends or juts out over; projection.
8.
the extent of projection, as of the bow of a ship.
9.
Informal. an excess or surplus:
an overhang of office space in midtown.
10.
a threat or menace:
to face the overhang of foreign reprisals.
11.
Architecture. a projecting upper part of a building, as a roof or balcony.
Origin
1590-1600; over- + hang
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Examples from the Web for overhung
Historical Examples
  • Ashwoode sprang up the stairs of the gallery which, as in most old inns, overhung the yard.

    The Cock and Anchor Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • A moment later and he entered the bush that fringed the path and overhung it.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • The dog's wild eyes shone in little slits of dusky fire through the rusty thicket of gray hair which overhung them.

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
  • The forehead, which overhung his small, keen eyes, was large and wrinkled.

    A Dog with a Bad Name Talbot Baines Reed
  • The situation of Lastingham in a deep and picturesque valley surrounded by moors and overhung by woods is extremely rich.

  • A number of iguanas were observed on the branches of the trees that overhung the stream.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • A great burden was lifted from the skipper's mind—that great shadow of the fear of death that had overhung him.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Tim and Sambo, seeing it coming, had sprung on to a tree which overhung the stream.

    The Wanderers W.H.G. Kingston
  • Their appearance transformed the gloom that overhung Camp Spurling into the wildest joy.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • Otho led the way to one of the most distant terraces that overhung the Rhine.

    The Pilgrims Of The Rhine Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for overhung

overhang

verb (ˌəʊvəˈhæŋ) -hangs, -hanging, -hung
1.
to project or extend beyond (a surface, building, etc)
2.
(transitive) to hang or be suspended over
3.
(transitive) to menace, threaten, or dominate
noun (ˈəʊvəˌhæŋ)
4.
a formation, object, part of a structure, etc, that extends beyond or hangs over something, such as an outcrop of rock overhanging a mountain face
5.
the amount or extent of projection
6.
(aeronautics)
  1. half the difference in span of the main supporting surfaces of a biplane or other multiplane
  2. the distance from the outer supporting strut of a wing to the wing tip
7.
(finance) the shares, collectively, that the underwriters have to buy when a new issue has not been fully taken up by the market
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Word Origin and History for overhung

overhang

v.

1590s, from over- + hang (v.). Related: Overhung; overhanging.

n.

"fact of overhanging," 1864, from overhang (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for overhung

overhung

adjective

Suffering from having drunk too much alcohol (1964+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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