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 Dozens of people held placards hailing the hangings. NBC News, "India hangs 4 men convicted for fatal New Delhi gang rape," 20 Mar. 2020 The hanging was staged, as were the obituary and photos. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The Bleak Ending Of The Lodge, Explained," 7 Feb. 2020 The hanging is scheduled for 7 a.m. on January 22 at Tihar Jail in India's capital, the court announced via video conference. Vedika Sud, Manveena Suri And Swati Gupta, CNN, "Four men ordered to hang for fatal gang rape on New Delhi bus," 8 Jan. 2020 Auston Matthews usually looks forward to his once-a-season trip to Arizona with his Toronto Maple Leafs, but there were clouds both literal and figurative hanging over his most recent return to his home state. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Auston Matthews 'not surprised' at Arizona Coyotes' fast start," 29 Nov. 2019 So as if facing Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith wasn’t problem enough, Bolles will have that hanging over his head going in to Green Bay. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Why Blockbuster Trades Are Suddenly a Thing in the NFL," 19 Sep. 2019 Among the problems: missing gutters, faulty electric circuits, gaps between cabinets, and a home hanging over the edge of its foundation. Dallas News, "He was charged with fraud. The city of Dallas hired him anyway.," 16 July 2019 The four convicts had tried everything to avoid the hanging, filing petition after petition. BostonGlobe.com, "Men convicted in New Delhi bus rape are hanged in India," 20 Mar. 2020 The four convicts had tried everything to avoid the hanging, filing petition after petition. New York Times, "Men Convicted in Delhi Bus Rape Are Hanged in India," 19 Mar. 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 27 May. 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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