hang·​ing | \ ˈhaŋ-iŋ How to pronounce hanging (audio) \

Definition of hanging

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated or lying on steeply sloping ground
2a : jutting out : overhanging a hanging rock
b : supported only by the wall on one side a hanging staircase
3 archaic : downcast in appearance
4 : adapted for sustaining a hanging object
5 : deserving, likely to cause, or prone to inflict death by hanging



Definition of hanging (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an execution by strangling or breaking the neck by a suspended noose
2 : something hung: such as
b : a covering (such as a tapestry) for a wall
3 : a downward slope : declivity

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Examples of hanging in a Sentence

Adjective hanging branches blocked our way for a good part of the trail light from a hanging chandelier filled the great hall Noun The hanging was scheduled for 3 o'clock. He was sentenced to death by hanging.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To make hanging loop, bend wire in half; twist ends together. Megan Fulweiler, Woman's Day, "Grouchy Ghost Clay Decorations," 9 Sep. 2019 The retailer’s inspectors saw dangerous connections, including loose and hanging wires at several locations, according to the complaint. Chris Dolmetsch, Fortune, "Walmart Suit Says Tesla Installed Faulty Rooftop Solar Panels That Caused Multiple Fires," 20 Aug. 2019 Move heavy objects to lower shelves and secure hanging objects, cabinet doors and appliances with safety straps, fasteners and adhesives. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "It’s never too early to prepare for an earthquake," 12 July 2019 So there’s no more hanging out of the window for a quick puff. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "What Prince Harry Has Reportedly Given Up for Meghan Markle," 12 Dec. 2017 So there’s no more hanging out of the window for a quick puff. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Prince Harry Has Reportedly Stopped Smoking for Meghan Markle," 12 Dec. 2017 Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Don't date: Cancer (June 21-July 22) Cultured, epicurean Cancers make great hanging buddies, but keep them in the friend zone. The Astrotwins, Woman's Day, "Which Sign You Definitely Shouldn't Date," 4 Apr. 2017 The gym includes a piano and five hanging toys: an infant mirror, an elephant with a clacker, a frog with a rolling ball, a tiger and a hippo teether, each with different textures and colors. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano Gym," 30 June 2017 In Collins' honor, the organization is pushing anti-hate legislation in the county, where a noose was recently found hanging outside of a middle school. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Slain Bowie State student laid to rest; hate crime investigation underway," 27 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Berk's episode, airing July 14th on Oui's IGTV as well as his own, the design extraordinaire shows viewers how to transform one of Oui's collectible French yogurt pots into a stylish hanging succulent planter. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "'Queer Eye' Star Bobby Berk Shares His Tips for Travel-inspired Home Design," 12 July 2020 Investigators said Thursday their inquiry into Fuller's hanging was separate from the Boone shooting. Fox News, "California police confirm death of Black man found hanging from tree was suicide," 9 July 2020 In 2016, a Pittsburgh-area Home Depot employee filed a complaint after discovering a noose hanging in the rope aisle inside his store. Chauncey Alcorn Cnn Business, CNN, "Home Depot changes rope sale practice after nooses are found in store," 2 July 2020 Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR's top series, said he is relieved by the FBI's determining that no crime was committed in the hanging of a noose in his race track garage, but frustrated by some of the reaction. NBC News, "Bubba Wallace 'relieved' by FBI finding no crime in noose but frustrated by reaction," 24 June 2020 According to the family, a deputy called to confirm the death and said a USB cord was used in the hanging. Shane Newell And Martin Estacio, USA TODAY, "Authorities investigating 2 separate deaths of Black men found hanging in California," 14 June 2020 Malcolm Harsch’s hanging and that of another black man, Robert L. Fuller, 24, roughly 50 miles away and 10 days later have stirred up national attention. Segann March, Cincinnati.com, "'We're bringing him back home': Malcolm Harsch's sister speaks on Victorville hanging death," 19 June 2020 For Jones, who has events scheduled in the fall and next year, there’s at least $2 million hanging in the balance. NBC News, "Coronavirus means an uncertain future for businesses and cities that depend on yearly black events," 11 June 2020 Additionally, one photo from July 2006 shows a second Confederate flag hanging by the opposite side of the house. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Rep. Thomas Massie called out by opponent for displaying Confederate battle flag at home," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of hanging


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hanging was in the 12th century

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“Hanging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hanging. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hanging

: the act of killing someone by hanging that person from a rope tied around the neck
: something (such as a curtain) that is hung on a wall especially for decoration

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