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Meaning of HANG

Pronunciation:  hang

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the way a garment hangs; "he adjusted the hang of his coat"
  2. [n]  a special way of doing something; "he had a bent for it"; "he had a special knack for getting into trouble"; "he couldn't get the hang of it"
  3. [v]  of meat, in order to get a gamey taste; "hang the venison for a few days"
  4. [v]  hold on tightly or tenaciously; "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron"
  5. [v]  cause to be hanging or suspended; "Hang that picture on the wall"
  6. [v]  place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction; "hang a door"
  7. [v]  be placed in position as by a hinge; "This cabinet door doesn't hang right!"
  8. [v]  be suspended or poised; "Heavy fog hung over the valley"
  9. [v]  be suspended or hanging; "The flag hung on the wall"
  10. [v]  fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
  11. [v]  decorate or furnish with something suspended; "Hang wallpaper"
  12. [v]  let drop or droop; "Hang one's head in shame"
  13. [v]  give heed (to); "The children in the audience attended the recital quietly"; "She hung on his every word"; "They paid attention to everything he said"
  14. [v]  kill by hanging; "The murdered was hanged on Friday"
  15. [v]  prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
  16. [v]  be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive; "This worry hangs on my mind"; "The cloud of suspicion hangs over her"
  17. [v]  be exhibited; "Picasso hangs in this new wing of the museum"

HANG is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: advert, attend, bent, cling, fall, flow, give ear, hang up, knack, pay attention, pay heed, string up
 See Also: adorn, be, beautify, beetle, block, blockade, brood, bulk large, dangle, decompose, decorate, drop, drop, embarrass, embellish, endowment, execute, fasten, fit, fix, fixate, gibbet, gift, grace, grasp, grip, halter, hang, hinder, hold on, hover, listen, loom, molder, moulder, natural endowment, obstruct, ornament, overhang, put to death, rot, secure, stymie, stymy, suspend, swing, talent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hang\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hanged} (h?ngd) or {Hung}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Hanging}.
    Usage: The use of hanged is preferable to that of hung, when
           reference is had to death or execution by suspension,
           and it is also more common.] [OE. hangen, hangien, v.
           t. & i., AS. hangian, v. i., fr. h?n, v. t. (imp.
           heng, p. p. hongen); akin to OS. hang?n, v. i. D.
           hangen, v. t. & i., G. hangen, v. i, h["a]ngen, v. t,
           Isel hanga, v. i., Goth. h[=a]han, v. t. (imp.
           ha['i]hah), h[=a]han, v. i. (imp. hahaida), and perh.
           to L. cunctari to delay. [root]37. ]
    1. To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without
       support from below; -- often used with up or out; as, to
       hang a coat on a hook; to hang up a sign; to hang out a
    2. To fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon
       the point or points of suspension; -- said of a pendulum,
       a swing, a door, gate, etc.
    3. To fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an
       implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its
       snath, or an ax to its helve. [U. S.]
    4. To put to death by suspending by the neck; -- a form of
       capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer.
    5. To cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures
       trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with paper
       hangings; -- said of a wall, a room, etc.
             Hung be the heavens with black.       --Shak.
             And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils.
    6. To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.
    7. To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or
       position instead of erect; to droop; as, he hung his head
       in shame.
             Cowslips wan that hang the pensive head. --Milton.
    {To hang down}, to let fall below the proper position; to
       bend down; to decline; as, to hang down the head, or,
       elliptically, to hang the head.
    {To hang fire} (Mil.), to be slow in communicating fire
       through the vent to the charge; as, the gun hangs fire;
       hence, to hesitate, to hold back as if in suspense.
  2. \Hang\, v. i.
    1. To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without
       support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to
       remain; to stay.
    2. To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion
       on the point or points of suspension.
    3. To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck.
       [R.] ``Sir Balaam hangs.'' --Pope.
    4. To hold for support; to depend; to cling; -- usually with
       on or upon; as, this question hangs on a single point.
       ``Two infants hanging on her neck.'' --Peacham.
    5. To be, or be like, a suspended weight.
             Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden. --Addison.
    6. To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; -- usually
       with over; as, evils hang over the country.
    7. To lean or incline; to incline downward.
             To decide which way hung the victory. --Milton.
             His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder hung. --Pope.
    8. To slope down; as, hanging grounds.
    9. To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to
       linger; to be delayed.
             A noble stroke he lifted high, Which hung not, but
             so swift with tempest fell On the proud crest of
             Satan.                                --Milton.
    {To hang around}, to loiter idly about.
    {To hang back}, to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant. ``If
       any one among you hangs back.'' --Jowett (Thucyd.).
    {To hang by the eyelids}.
       (a) To hang by a very slight hold or tenure.
       (b) To be in an unfinished condition; to be left
    {To hang in doubt}, to be in suspense.
    {To hang on} (with the emphasis on the preposition), to keep
       hold; to hold fast; to stick; to be persistent, as a
    {To hang on the} {lips, words}, etc., to be charmed by
    {To hang out}.
       (a) To be hung out so as to be displayed; to project.
       (b) To be unyielding; as, the juryman hangs out against an
           agreement. [Colloq.]
    {To hang over}.
       (a) To project at the top.
       (b) To impend over.
    {To hang to}, to cling.
    {To hang together}.
       (a) To remain united; to stand by one another. ``We are
           all of a piece; we hang together.'' --Dryden.
       (b) To be self-consistent; as, the story does not hang
           together. [Colloq.]
    {To hang upon}.
       (a) To regard with passionate affection.
       (b) (Mil.) To hover around; as, to hang upon the flanks of
           a retreating enemy.
  3. \Hang\, n.
    1. The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is
       connected with, another; as, the hang of a scythe.
    2. Connection; arrangement; plan; as, the hang of a
       discourse. [Colloq.]
    3. A sharp or steep declivity or slope. [Colloq.]
    {To get the hang of}, to learn the method or arrangement of;
       hence, to become accustomed to. [Colloq.]
  4. \Hang\, v. i. (Cricket, Tennis, etc.)
    Of a ball: To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due
    to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of ground.
  5. \Hang\, v. t.
    To prevent from reaching a decision, esp. by refusing to join
    in a verdict that must be unanimous; as, one obstinate juror
    can hang a jury.
Computing Dictionary

1. To wait for an event that will never occur. "The system is hanging because it can't read from the crashed drive". See wedged, hung.

2. To wait for some event to occur; to hang around until something happens. "The program displays a menu and then hangs until you type a character." Compare block.

3. To attach a peripheral device, especially in the construction "hang off": "We're going to hang another tape drive off the file server." Implies a device attached with cables, rather than something that is strictly inside the machine's chassis.

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