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

Malaysia, along with many other Asian countries, was previously an aggressive enforcer of the death penalty, which takes the form of hanging. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Malaysia Moves Ahead on Effort to Abolish Death Penalty," 11 Oct. 2018 Local jewelry line Knucklekiss is known for fabulous wearables, but this venture into trendy wall hangings is a standout as well. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "5 locally made home finds to spruce up your fall décor," 10 Sep. 2018 Mississippi topped the list of states with the highest number of public hangings, all in the deep South, with 581. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Cindy Hyde-Smith called for a “front row” seat at a lynching. Now donors want their money back.," 20 Nov. 2018 Wagon trains, duels, hangings, standoffs in the local saloon—all the classic Hollywood Western tropes are on display in the new trailer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the latest film from the prolific Oscar-winning brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Old West never looked so quirky in Ballad of Buster Scruggs trailer," 6 Nov. 2018 Public hearings—and hangings—reportedly took place on the grounds before the Greek-revival-style house was built, and Yankee Jim, whose ghost stomps around upstairs, or so the story goes, was hanged on the property. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 Attach a bit of yarn with a hot glue gun for easy hanging (perhaps as ornaments on the Halloween tree!), or add a magnet for fun fridge decor. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Turn Dollar-Store Tea Lights Into the Cutest Pumpkins for Halloween," 24 Sep. 2018 More than 1,400 children and teens died from accidental hanging and strangulation from 2000 to 2015, according to the CDC. Melissa Chan, Time, "Kids Are Playing the 'Choking Game' to Get High. Instead, They're Dying," 12 Mar. 2018 Some living room fixes Ms. Schnitta recommends include using sound-absorbing fabric in curtains, behind wall-hangings, or under rugs. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Quieting the High-Tech Luxury Home," 28 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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The first known use of hanging was in the 12th century

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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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