hinge

[ hinj ]
/ hɪndʒ /

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 forms

hinge·less, adjectivehinge·like, adjectivere·hinge, verb (used with object), re·hinged, re·hing·ing.well-hinged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hinge on

hinge

/ (hɪndʒ) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

hinged, adjectivehingeless, adjectivehingelike, adjective

Word Origin for hinge

C13: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch henge; see hang
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Medicine definitions for hinge on

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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Idioms and Phrases with hinge on

hinge on


Also, hinge upon. Depend or be contingent on, as in This plan hinges on her approval. This expression employs the verb hinge in the sense of “to hang,” as a door would hang on a hinge, a usage dating from the early 1700s.

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