to fasten or attach (a thing) so that it is supported only from above or at a point near its own top; suspend.
to attach or suspend so as to allow free movement: to hang a pendulum.
to place in position or fasten so as to allow easy or ready movement.
to put to death by suspending by the neck from a gallows, gibbet, yardarm, or the like.
to suspend (oneself) by the neck until dead: He hanged himself from a beam in the attic.
to fasten to a cross; crucify.
to furnish or decorate with something suspended: to hang a room with pictures.
to fasten into position; fix at a proper angle: to hang a scythe.
to fasten or attach (wallpaper, pictures, etc.) to a wall: to hang pictures in a room.
to suspend (something) in front of anything: to hang curtains on a window.
to exhibit (a painting or group of paintings): The gallery hung his paintings in a small corner.
to put the paintings of (an art exhibition) on the wall of a gallery: They hung the show that morning.
to attach or annex as an addition: to hang a rider on a bill.
to attach (a door or the like) to its frame by means of hinges.
to allow to droop:He hung his head in shame.
to make (an idea, form, etc.) dependent on a situation, structure, concept, or the like, usually derived from another source: He hung the meaning of his puns on the current political scene.
(of a juror) to keep (a jury) from rendering a verdict by refusing to agree with the others.
Digital Technology. freeze (def. 28): If a critical error hangs your operating system, you will need to reboot the computer.
Informal. to cause (a nickname, epithet, etc.) to become associated with a person: Friends hung that nickname on him.
Slang. to hit with (a fist, blow, punch, etc.): He hung a left on his opponent's jaw.
Baseball. to throw (a pitch) so that it fails to break, as a curve.
Nautical. to steady (a boat) in one place against a wind or current by thrusting a pole or the like into the bottom under the boat and allowing the wind or current to push the boat side-on against the pole.
(used in mild curses and emphatic expressions, often as a euphemism for damn): I'll be hanged if I do. Hang it all!
to be suspended; dangle.
to swing freely, as on a hinge.
to incline downward, jut out, or lean over or forward: The tree hung over the edge of the lake.
to be suspended by the neck, as from a gallows, and suffer death in this way.
to be crucified.
to droop or sag:After the drastic weight loss, his skin seemed to hang from his frame.
to fit or drape in graceful lines: That coat hangs well in back.
to be conditioned or contingent; be dependent: His future hangs on the outcome of their discussion.
to be doubtful or undecided; waver or hesitate: He hung between staying and going.
to remain unfinished or undecided; be delayed: Let that matter hang until our next meeting.
to linger, remain, or persist: He hung by her side, unwilling to leave.
to float or hover in the air: Fog hung over the city.
to be oppressive, burdensome, or tedious: guilt that hangs on one's conscience.
to remain in attention or consideration (often followed by on or upon): They hung on his every word.
Digital Technology. freeze (def. 13): That program hangs during launch, so I’ve never been able to use it.
to be exhibited: His works hang in most major museums.
to have one's works on display: Rembrandt hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Informal. to spend time somewhere or with someone; hang out.
the way in which a thing hangs.
Informal. the precise manner of doing, using, etc., something; knack: to get the hang of a tool.
Informal. meaning or thought: to get the hang of a subject.
Digital Technology. freeze (def. 38).
loss of way due to adverse wind or current.
a rake, as of a mast.
the least degree of care, concern, etc. (used in mild curses and emphatic expressions as a euphemism for damn): He doesn't give a hang about those things.
hang around / about Informal.
to spend time in a certain place or in certain company: He hangs around with an older crowd.
to linger about; loiter: They had stopped working and were just hanging around to talk.
to be reluctant to proceed or move forward: The older pupils went straight to the podium, but the younger ones hung back out of shyness.
to refrain from taking action; hesitate: A forward pass would have been the best call, but the quarterback hung back because his last pass had been intercepted.
hang in, Slang. to persevere: She has managed to hang in despite years of bad luck.: Also hang in there .
to hold fast; cling to.
to continue with effort; persevere: If you can hang on for a month longer, you will be eligible for the bonus.
to be sustained to the point of danger, tedium, etc.: coughs that hang on for months.
to keep a telephone line open: Hang on, I'll see if she's here.
to wait briefly; keep calm.
See entry at hangout.
to remain to be settled; be postponed: They will probably let the final decision hang over until next year.
to be imminent or foreboding; threaten: Economic ruin hangs over the town.
to suspend by placing on a hook, peg, or hanger.
to cause or encounter delay; suspend or slow the progress of: The accident hung up the traffic for several hours.
to break a telephone connection, as by replacing the receiver on the hook: She received an anonymous call, but the party hung up when she threatened to call the police.
to cause a hang-up or hang-ups in: The experience hung her up for years.
Idioms about hang
hang a left / right, Slang. to make a left (or right) turn, as while driving an automobile: Hang a right at the next corner.
hang five, to ride a surfboard with the weight of the body forward and the toes of the forward foot curled over the front edge of the surfboard.
hang in the balance, to be in a precarious state or condition: The wounded man's life hung in the balance.
hang it up, Informal. to quit, resign, give up, etc.: The chief engineer is hanging it up after 40 years with the company.
hang loose, Slang. to remain relaxed or calm: Try to hang loose and don't let it bother you.
hang one on, Slang.
to hit: He hung one on the bully and knocked him down.
to become extremely drunk: Every payday he hangs one on.
hang one's head. head (def. 66).
hang ten, to ride a surfboard with the weight of the body as far forward as possible and the toes of both feet curled over the front edge of the surfboard.
hang tight. Informal. See entry at hang tight.
to be loyal to one another; remain united: “We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
to cohere: This pancake batter doesn't hang together.
to be logical or consistent: His version of the story does not hang together.
hang tough, Slang. to remain unyielding, stubborn, or inflexible: He's hanging tough and won't change his mind.
let it all hang out, Slang.
to be completely candid in expressing one's feelings, opinions, etc.: She's never been one to let it all hang out.
to act or live without restraint or inhibitions.
- hang·a·ble, adjective
- hang·a·bil·i·ty [hang-uh-bil-i-tee], /ˌhæŋ əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- re·hang, verb (used with object), re·hung or re·hanged, re·hang·ing.
- un·der·hang, verb, un·der·hung, un·der·hang·ing.
- un·hanged, adjective
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How to use hang in a sentence
If you follow the six simple principles he shares below, you might be surprised at how much you can advance without ever touching a hang board.
The seat height is adjustable, and the integrated footbrake gets them used to skidding out and making quick stops even before they get the hang of peddling.
Whether you’re on an adventurous hiking trip or enjoying a low-key hang with the family, first aid kits are a key accessory for taking care of unexpected accidents.The best first aid kits for staying safe and prepared | PopSci Commerce Team | September 4, 2020 | Popular-Science
These were strikingly similar to da Vinci’s batlike ornithopters, which tried harder than his hang glider did to mimic the shape and anatomy of natural wings.
Once the algorithm got the hang of telling confirmed planets from false positives, the scientists fed it data containing as yet unconfirmed planetary candidates.50 new planets, including one as big as Neptune, are identified using A.I. | rhhackettfortune | August 26, 2020 | Fortune
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness | Marlow Stern | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was getting to create jokes at the source, and to get to hang out with comedians.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire | William O’Connor | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I think 2014 was my big rock and roll year, and 2015 is gonna be a really good year to hang around the house.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll | James Joiner | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was gonna be in New York and wanted to hang around for New Years and hopefully be able to stay long enough to meet our baby.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll | James Joiner | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Occasionally Hitchcock would have ideas for films, or chunks of films, but no real story to hang them on.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It'll be beastly dull for her at The Warren, you see, poor girl; and she doesn't seem to jump at Spunyarn, though he does hang on.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Perhaps you will understand now that you ought to have asked my business ere you proposed to hang me off hand.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
These form one of the many island groups that hang like a fringe or festoon on the skirt of the continent of Asia.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
The chair rests upon two long poles, which hang by straps upon the shoulders of four stout men.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
He fed the monkeys with candy, and laughed to see them hang by their tails while they took it from his hand.The Nursery, July 1873, Vol. XIV. No. 1 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for hang
to fasten or be fastened from above, esp by a cord, chain, etc; suspend: the picture hung on the wall; to hang laundry
to place or be placed in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement around or at the place of suspension: to hang a door
(intr sometimes foll by over) to be suspended or poised; hover: a pall of smoke hung over the city
(intr sometimes foll by over) to be imminent; threaten
(intr) to be or remain doubtful or unresolved (esp in the phrase hang in the balance)
(past tense and past participle hanged) to suspend or be suspended by the neck until dead
(tr) to fasten, fix, or attach in position or at an appropriate angle: to hang a scythe to its handle
(tr) to decorate, furnish, or cover with something suspended or fastened: to hang a wall with tapestry
(tr) to fasten to or suspend from a wall: to hang wallpaper
to exhibit (a picture or pictures) by (a particular painter, printmaker, etc) or (of a picture or a painter, etc) to be exhibited in an art gallery, etc
to fall or droop or allow to fall or droop: to hang one's head in shame
(of cloth, clothing, etc) to drape, fall, or flow, esp in a specified manner: her skirt hangs well
(tr) to suspend (game such as pheasant) so that it becomes slightly decomposed and therefore more tender and tasty
(of a jury) to prevent or be prevented from reaching a verdict
(past tense and past participle hanged) slang to damn or be damned: used in mild curses or interjections: I'll be hanged before I'll go out in that storm
(intr) to pass slowly (esp in the phrase time hangs heavily)
to be delayed
to procrastinate: See also fire (def. 16)
hang tough See tough (def. 10)
the way in which something hangs
(usually used with a negative) slang a damn: I don't care a hang for what you say
get the hang of informal
to understand the technique of doing something
to perceive the meaning or significance of
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