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hinge

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noun \ˈhinj\

Simple Definition of hinge

  • : a usually metal piece that attaches a door, gate, or cover to something and allows it to open and close

Full Definition of hinge

  1. 1 a :  a jointed or flexible device on which a door, lid, or other swinging part turns b :  a flexible ligamentous joint c :  a small piece of thin gummed paper used in fastening a postage stamp in an album

  2. 2 :  a determining factor :  turning point

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Origin of hinge

Middle English heng; akin to Middle Dutch henge hook, Old English hangian to hang


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with hinge


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hinge

verb

Simple Definition of hinge

  • : to attach (a door, gate, or cover) by hinges

Full Definition of hinge

hingedhing·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to be contingent on a single consideration or point —used with on or upon <the prosecution's case hinges on the DNA evidence>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to attach by or furnish with hinges

Examples of hinge

  1. <the outcome of the game hinged on a single play>



1719

First Known Use of hinge

1719




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