[verb oh-ver-huhng; adjective oh-ver-huhng]
- simple past tense and past participle of overhang.
- hung or suspended from above: an overhung door.
Origin of overhung
[verb oh-ver-hang; noun oh-ver-hang]
- to hang or be suspended over: A great chandelier overhung the ballroom.
- to extend, project, or jut over: A wide balcony overhangs the garden.
- to impend over or threaten, as danger or evil; loom over: The threat of war overhung Europe.
- to spread throughout; permeate; pervade: the melancholy that overhung the proceedings.
- Informal. to hover over, as a threat or menace: Unemployment continues to overhang the economic recovery.
- to hang over; project or jut out over something below: How far does the balcony overhang?
- something that extends or juts out over; projection.
- the extent of projection, as of the bow of a ship.
- Informal. an excess or surplus: an overhang of office space in midtown.
- a threat or menace: to face the overhang of foreign reprisals.
- Architecture. a projecting upper part of a building, as a roof or balcony.
Origin of overhang
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Examples from the Web for overhung
They had almost reached the belt of trees that overhung the road.The Shadow of a Crime
Away to the left the water widened out, and was overhung by a haze of heat.The Hound From The North
A moment later and he entered the bush that fringed the path and overhung it.The Fugitives
The forehead, which overhung his small, keen eyes, was large and wrinkled.A Dog with a Bad Name
Talbot Baines Reed
On the opposite side, the end of a rail projected and overhung.The Scarlet Plague
- to project or extend beyond (a surface, building, etc)
- (tr) to hang or be suspended over
- (tr) to menace, threaten, or dominate
- 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
- the amount or extent of projection
- half the difference in span of the main supporting surfaces of a biplane or other multiplane
- the distance from the outer supporting strut of a wing to the wing tip
- 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
"fact of overhanging," 1864, from overhang (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper