[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?


Nearby words

  1. overgrow,
  2. overgrown,
  3. overgrowth,
  4. overhand,
  5. overhand knot,
  6. overhasty,
  7. overhaul,
  8. overhead,
  9. overhead camshaft,
  10. overhead door

Origin of overhang

First recorded in 1590–1600; over- + hang

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for overhang

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for overhang
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper