[verb oh-ver-hang; noun oh-ver-hang]

verb (used with object), o·ver·hung, o·ver·hang·ing.

verb (used without object), o·ver·hung, o·ver·hang·ing.

to hang over; project or jut out over something below: How far does the balcony overhang?


Origin of overhang

First recorded in 1590–1600; over- + hang
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Contemporary Examples of overhang

  • Hamstrung by the lower standards of the boom years, it reported that it was still coping with the overhang of the bubble.

  • Roll out the remaining dough to cover the top of the dish with some overhang.

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Historical Examples of overhang

  • It was the overhang of the river, and when I dropped through I found myself in the water.

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    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Always have I known that this danger must overhang you as a penalty for loving me.

  • The tool may overhang the lens by a quarter of the diameter of the latter as a maximum.

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    Richard Threlfall

  • You will note that the sides of the top or seat have an overhang of ½ inch on each margin.

  • The men have not since ventured under the overhang of the poop.

British Dictionary definitions for overhang


verb (ˌəʊvəˈhæŋ) -hangs, -hanging or -hung

to project or extend beyond (a surface, building, etc)
(tr) to hang or be suspended over
(tr) to menace, threaten, or dominate

noun (ˈəʊvəˌhæŋ)

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
the amount or extent of projection
  1. half the difference in span of the main supporting surfaces of a biplane or other multiplane
  2. the distance from the outer supporting strut of a wing to the wing tip
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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Word Origin and History for overhang

1590s, from over- + hang (v.). Related: Overhung; overhanging.


"fact of overhanging," 1864, from overhang (v.).

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