hanging

adjective
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

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

There are potted flowers on the porch, and there’s an American flag hanging against the front wall. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Diverse photographic landscapes at Howard Community College," 20 June 2019 The price point for her wall hangings varies by design, while pendant lamps range from $675 for small pendants to $1,125 for large pendants. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Here’s How Ceramicist Heather Levine Creates Her Celeb-Favorite Wall Hangings," 15 Jan. 2019 Three things make Adolf Eichmann worthwhile as a movie character: his abduction, his trial and his hanging. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Operation Finale’ Review: Hunting the Architect of the Final Solution," 28 Aug. 2018 At Make Smith, pick up leather goods like chic backpacks and a hanging-plant holder based on a 1960s design from Sunset magazine. Sunset, "Santa Barbara Guidebook: What to See & Do Now," 22 Jan. 2018 All photography and paintings must be framed and wired for hanging. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Amateur radio Field Day event set in Seven Hills: Sun Postings," 18 June 2019 In the hanging-chad 2000 election, George W. Bush paid no discernible political price for his party’s irrational exuberance in impeaching Clinton. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "1998 Was a Seinfeld Election—Not an Impeachment Referendum," 6 June 2019 Domingo Santana crushed a hanging breaking ball from Eovaldi into the visitors bullpen for a solo homer and a 2-0 lead. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners lose first game of season on pinch-hit home run in ninth inning," 29 Mar. 2019 Life-size wall hangings of my three favorite Jewish baseball players — Sandy Koufax pitching to Hank Greenberg and Moe Berg as catcher — adorn the curved wall of my home’s staircase. Andrew Silow-carroll, sun-sentinel.com, "Moe Berg’s life as ballplayer and spy presented in documentary," 4 June 2019

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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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