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hanging

adjective hang·ing \ ˈhaŋ-iŋ \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of hanging

1 : situated or lying on steeply sloping ground
2 a : 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

Examples of hanging in a Sentence

  1. hanging branches blocked our way for a good part of the trail

  2. light from a hanging chandelier filled the great hall

Recent Examples of hanging from the Web

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First Known Use of hanging

12th century


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hanging

noun

Definition of hanging

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

Examples of hanging in a Sentence

  1. The hanging was scheduled for 3 o'clock.

  2. He was sentenced to death by hanging.

Recent Examples of hanging from the Web

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First Known Use of hanging

14th century


HANGING Defined for English Language Learners

hanging

noun

Definition of hanging for English Language Learners

  • : 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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