Origin of hanging
Related formshang·ing·ly, adverbun·hang·ing, adjective
Definition for hanging (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), hung or especially for 4, 5, 20, hanged; hang·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), hung or especially for 24, hanged; hang·ing.
- 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.
- loss of way due to adverse wind or current.
- a rake, as of a mast.
- 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.
- 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.
- to lean or be suspended through an opening.
- Informal. to frequent a particular place, especially in idling away one's free time: to hang out in a bar.
- Informal. to loiter in public places: nothing to do on Saturday night but hang out.
- Informal. to consort or appear in public with: Who's she been hanging out with?
- Slang. to calm down: Hang out, Mom, I'm OK.
- to wait, especially briefly: Hang out a minute while I get my backpack.
- to suspend in open view; display: to hang out the flag.
- 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 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.
Origin of hang
Can be confusedhang lynch (see synonym study at the current entry)hanged hung (see usage note at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for hanging
Some “hanging judges” have handed down hundreds of death sentences at a time.
The first day of Liberty, I was hanging around waiting for Ford to come in.
I went to his joint once, back when I was first hanging out in New York, doing plays.
On Thursday night, Brinsley and this friend were hanging together.
The mistletoe must have been hanging right across the aisle on Capital Hill.
We have a shrewd idea that he may be hanging in the neighbourhood again very shortly.
In one prison he found a cell so narrow and noisome that the poor wretch who inhabited it begged as a mercy for hanging.History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)|John Richard Green
Against the wall was a large wardrobe closet; stage costumes were hanging in it.Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930|Victor Rousseau
Some of the wretched men who were dragged before him he threatened with hanging unless they gave him most or all that they owned.Give Me Liberty|Thomas J. Wertenbaker
And he took with him his cane with the crook on the handle, hanging it over his paw.Bully and Bawly No-Tail|Howard R. Garis
British Dictionary definitions for hanging (1 of 2)
- the putting of a person to death by suspending the body by the neck from a noose
- (as modifier)a hanging offence
British Dictionary definitions for hanging (2 of 2)
verb hangs, hanging or hung (hʌŋ)
- to be delayed
- to procrastinateSee also fire (def. 16)
- to understand the technique of doing something
- to perceive the meaning or significance of