hanging

adjective
hang·ing | \ˈhaŋ-iŋ \

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

hanging

noun

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

a : curtain

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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photos of her in them or under them or gazing up at them populate her social media accounts, including one of her hanging from a branch of one in Carlsbad last March. Mark Zeigler, latimes.com, "Incense, meditation, yoga and gold medals. All in a day's work for Jamie Anderson," 21 Feb. 2018 Wall hangings that depict horses in harness will go out to bid. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida's last harness racing track revels in decades of memories," 12 July 2018 In the gift shops, there are no images of Cixi, just a few pieces of pink silk emblazoned with her calligraphy, sold as wall hangings. New York Times, "Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer?," 10 July 2018 Nonjewelry lines incude MQuan (ceramics and wall hangings), Garza Marfa (textiles), Notary (ceramics), Winter Session (bags), Tatine (candles and apothecary items), and Freda Salvador (shoes). Isa Giallorenzo, Chicago Reader, "Style Ravenswood's Sailor features jewelry, textiles, fine teas, handmade shoes, and more," 25 June 2018 The two artists collaborate to create vibrant art by using hand weaving techniques and a collection of fibers in a mixture of textures, to design wall hangings inspired by nature. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Volunteers glean fruit to donate to food banks," 25 June 2018 Diecidue, who owns Progressive Iron Works, crafts decorative railings, fences, gates, stairs and balconies, as well as bedframes, wall hangings and other small art pieces, from original designs. Sarah Bonnette, NOLA.com, "Artscape: Sal "Dash" Diecidue celebrates 70 years of creating ironwork," 9 May 2018 Shop for candles, planters, wall hangings and ceramics as well as jewelry, clothing, leather goods and assorted apothecary items. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, "Find one-of-a-kind Mother's Day gifts at these indie pop-ups," 2 May 2018 On Tuesday, the graduate of St. Teresa's Academy who also attended the University of Kansas was found dead at 55 in her New York Park Avenue apartment from an apparent hanging suicide, police said. Eric Adler, Joyce Smith, Jeneé Osterheldt And Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Kate Spade, dead at 55, always said Kansas City helped shape her life and career," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of hanging

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hanging

noun

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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