hinge

[hinj]

noun

verb (used without object), hinged, hing·ing.

to be dependent or contingent on, or as if on, a hinge (usually followed by on or upon): Everything hinges on his decision.

verb (used with object), hinged, hing·ing.


Origin of hinge

1250–1300; Middle English henge; cognate with Low German heng(e), Middle Dutch henge hinge; akin to hang
Related formshinge·less, adjectivehinge·like, adjectivere·hinge, verb (used with object), re·hinged, re·hing·ing.well-hinged, adjective

Synonyms for hinge

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Examples from the Web for hinge

Contemporary Examples of hinge

Historical Examples of hinge

  • A hinge creaked, but it was no louder than the rustle of silk against silk.

  • Because there was nothing else to do, Grant unscrewed his helmet and let it fall back on its hinge.

    Pirates of the Gorm

    Nat Schachner

  • If any part of the frame cracked, if the hinge creaked, I was a lost man!

  • The other hinge still held, but it was bending with each mighty blow.

  • The prison was still as the grave; not a step could I hear; not a bolt nor a hinge creaked.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for hinge

hinge

noun

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

verb

(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
Derived Formshinged, adjectivehingeless, adjectivehingelike, adjective

Word Origin for hinge

C13: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch henge; see hang
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Word Origin and History for hinge
n.

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.

v.

c.1600, "to bend," from hinge (n.). Meaning "turn on, depend" is from 1719. Related: Hinged; hinging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hinge in Medicine

hinge

[hĭnj]

n.

A jointed or flexible device that allows the turning or pivoting of a part, such as a door or lid, on a stationary frame.
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