- simple past tense and past participle of overhang.
- hung or suspended from above: an overhung door.
Origin of overhung
- 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
Related Words for overhungloom, extend, impend, portend, project, poke, command, jut, endanger, protrude, menace, pouch, threaten, overtop, beetle
Examples from the Web for overhung
Historical Examples of overhung
They had almost reached the belt of trees that overhung the road.The Shadow of a Crime
Away to the left the water widened out, and was overhung by a haze of heat.The Hound From The North
A moment later and he entered the bush that fringed the path and overhung it.The Fugitives
The forehead, which overhung his small, keen eyes, was large and wrinkled.A Dog with a Bad Name
Talbot Baines Reed
On the opposite side, the end of a rail projected and overhung.The Scarlet Plague
- 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
"fact of overhanging," 1864, from overhang (v.).