[ verb oh-ver-hang; noun oh-ver-hang ]
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verb (used with object),o·ver·hung, o·ver·hang·ing.
  1. to hang or be suspended over: A great chandelier overhung the ballroom.

  2. to extend, project, or jut over: A wide balcony overhangs the garden.

  1. to impend over or threaten, as danger or evil; loom over: The threat of war overhung Europe.

  2. to spread throughout; permeate; pervade: the melancholy that overhung the proceedings.

  3. Informal. to hover over, as a threat or menace: Unemployment continues to overhang the economic recovery.

verb (used without object),o·ver·hung, o·ver·hang·ing.
  1. to hang over; project or jut out over something below: How far does the balcony overhang?

  1. something that extends or juts out over; projection.

  2. the extent of projection, as of the bow of a ship.

  1. Informal. an excess or surplus: an overhang of office space in midtown.

  2. a threat or menace: to face the overhang of foreign reprisals.

  3. Architecture. a projecting upper part of a building, as a roof or balcony.

Origin of overhang

First recorded in 1590–1600; over- + hang

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British Dictionary definitions for overhang


verb(ˌəʊvəˈhæŋ) -hangs, -hanging or -hung
  1. to project or extend beyond (a surface, building, etc)

  2. (tr) to hang or be suspended over

  1. (tr) to menace, threaten, or dominate

  1. a formation, object, part of a structure, etc, that extends beyond or hangs over something, such as an outcrop of rock overhanging a mountain face

  2. the amount or extent of projection

  1. aeronautics

    • half the difference in span of the main supporting surfaces of a biplane or other multiplane

    • the distance from the outer supporting strut of a wing to the wing tip

  2. finance the shares, collectively, that the underwriters have to buy when a new issue has not been fully taken up by the market

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