noun \ˈhinj\

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

Full Definition of HINGE

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
:  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

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral



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


Full Definition of HINGE

intransitive verb
:  to be contingent on a single consideration or point —used with on or upon <the prosecution's case hinges on the DNA evidence>
transitive verb
:  to attach by or furnish with hinges

Examples of HINGE

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

First Known Use of HINGE


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