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Meaning of HINGE

Pronunciation:  hinj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing relative to the other
  2. [n]  a circumstance upon which subsequent events depend; "his absence is the hinge of our plan"
  3. [v]  attach with a hinge

HINGE is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: flexible joint
 See Also: attach, bi-fold door, butt hinge, car door, circumstance, exterior door, French door, gate, joint, joint hinge, outside door, pintle, strap hinge, swing door, swinging door, T hinge, tee hinge



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hinge\, n. [OE. henge, heeng; akin to D. heng, LG. henge,
    Prov. E. hingle a small hinge; connected with hang, v., and
    Icel. hengja to hang. See {Hang}.]
    1. The hook with its eye, or the joint, on which a door,
       gate, lid, etc., turns or swings; a flexible piece, as a
       strip of leather, which serves as a joint to turn on.
             The gate self-opened wide, On golden hinges turning.
    2. That on which anything turns or depends; a governing
       principle; a cardinal point or rule; as, this argument was
       the hinge on which the question turned.
    3. One of the four cardinal points, east, west, north, or
       south. [R.]
             When the moon is in the hinge at East. --Creech.
             Nor slept the winds . . . but rushed abroad.
    {Hinge joint}.
       (a) (Anat.) See {Ginglymus}.
       (b) (Mech.) Any joint resembling a hinge, by which two
           pieces are connected so as to permit relative turning
           in one plane.
    {To be off the hinges}, to be in a state of disorder or
       irregularity; to have lost proper adjustment. --Tillotson.
  2. \Hinge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hinged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To attach by, or furnish with, hinges.
    2. To bend. [Obs.] --Shak.
  3. \Hinge\, v. i.
    To stand, depend, hang, or turn, as on a hinge; to depend
    chiefly for a result or decision or for force and validity;
    -- usually with on or upon; as, the argument hinges on this
    point. --I. Taylor
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. tsir), that on which a door revolves. "Doors in the East turn rather on pivots than on what we term hinges. In Syria, and especially in the Hauran, there are many ancient doors, consisting of stone slabs with pivots carved out of the same piece inserted in sockets above and below, and fixed during the building of the house" (Prov. 26:14).

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