[ hinj ]
/ hɪndʒ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. hindwater,
  2. hine,
  3. hines,
  4. hinesville,
  5. hiney,
  6. hinge joint,
  7. hinge on,
  8. hinge region,
  9. hinged,
  10. hinged flap

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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British Dictionary definitions for hinged


/ (hɪndʒ) /



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
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Medicine definitions for hinged


[ hĭnj ]


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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