hinge

[hinj]
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noun
  1. a jointed device or flexible piece on which a door, gate, shutter, lid, or other attached part turns, swings, or moves.
  2. a natural anatomical joint at which motion occurs around a transverse axis, as that of the knee or a bivalve shell.
  3. that on which something is based or depends; pivotal consideration or factor.
  4. Also called mount. Philately. a gummed sticker for affixing a stamp to a page of an album, so folded as to form a hinge, allowing the stamp to be raised to reveal the text beneath.
verb (used without object), hinged, hing·ing.
  1. 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.
  1. to furnish with or attach by a hinge or hinges.
  2. to attach as if by a hinge.
  3. to make or consider as dependent upon; predicate: He hinged his action on future sales.

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

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Related Words for hinged

depend, pivot, hang, rest, turn, pend

Examples from the Web for hinged

Contemporary Examples of hinged

Historical Examples of hinged

  • The ornithopter has hinged planes which work like the wings of a bird.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • He rose up straightening himself as though he were a hinged figure.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • The tubes will then be closed upon one another as if they were hinged at the joint.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

  • They still had air; his helmet was off, but it was attached and hinged back.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Where it is desired to have the hinged portion open flat and no more.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes


British Dictionary definitions for hinged

hinge

noun
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. a similar structure in invertebrate animals, such as the joint between the two halves of a bivalve shell
  4. something on which events, opinions, etc, turn
  5. Also called: mount philately a small thin transparent strip of gummed paper for affixing a stamp to a page
verb
  1. (tr) to attach or fit a hinge to (something)
  2. (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to depend (on)
  3. (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 hinged

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.

hinge

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hinged in Medicine

hinge

[hĭnj]
n.
  1. 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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