[verb oh-ver-hang; noun oh-ver-hang]
- to hang or be suspended over: A great chandelier overhung the ballroom.
- to extend, project, or jut over: A wide balcony overhangs the garden.
- to impend over or threaten, as danger or evil; loom over: The threat of war overhung Europe.
- to spread throughout; permeate; pervade: the melancholy that overhung the proceedings.
- Informal. to hover over, as a threat or menace: Unemployment continues to overhang the economic recovery.
- to hang over; project or jut out over something below: How far does the balcony overhang?
- something that extends or juts out over; projection.
- the extent of projection, as of the bow of a ship.
- Informal. an excess or surplus: an overhang of office space in midtown.
- a threat or menace: to face the overhang of foreign reprisals.
- Architecture. a projecting upper part of a building, as a roof or balcony.
Origin of overhang
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Examples from the Web for overhang
Hamstrung by the lower standards of the boom years, it reported that it was still coping with the overhang of the bubble.Freddie Mac’s Profits Obscure Housing-Boom Damage
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Roll out the remaining dough to cover the top of the dish with some overhang.Fresh Picks
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It was the overhang of the river, and when I dropped through I found myself in the water.The Law-Breakers
Always have I known that this danger must overhang you as a penalty for loving me.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
The tool may overhang the lens by a quarter of the diameter of the latter as a maximum.On Laboratory Arts
You will note that the sides of the top or seat have an overhang of ½ inch on each margin.Carpentry for Boys
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The men have not since ventured under the overhang of the poop.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
- to project or extend beyond (a surface, building, etc)
- (tr) to hang or be suspended over
- (tr) to menace, threaten, or dominate
- 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
- 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
- finance the shares, collectively, that the underwriters have to buy when a new issue has not been fully taken up by the market
Word Origin and History for overhang
"fact of overhanging," 1864, from overhang (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper