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

The hanging branches, composed of glossy green, flat segments, can reach up to 3 feet long. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Keep Your Christmas Cactus Blooming the Whole Holiday Season," 27 Nov. 2018 This creates a hanging bed platform that floats in the center of the camper and pushes back up when not in use. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Chic camper-trailer includes drop-down queen bed," 27 Aug. 2018 That streak ended when Nick Ahmed led off the fifth by lining a hanging, two-strike slider into left for a double. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt adjusts, launches go-ahead HR," 3 July 2018 The death was listed in the report as a suicide by self-strangulation and hanging, using a sweater. Jeffery C. Mays, BostonGlobe.com, "Honduran man kills himself after threat of family separation at border," 10 June 2018 Democrats would already be calling for public hearings, if not hangings. *** A post-election debrief, quoted by the Washington Post, describes several prongs of attack. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Reid Hoffman’s Fake News," 11 Jan. 2019 Remember last year when Kim blasted Kourtney for copying her Christmas hanging lights? Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Shows Off Gigantic Gold Christmas Tree," 4 Dec. 2018 The other day, Ariana took to her Instagram stories to share videos and photos of her hanging in a recording studio. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "4 Signs That Ariana Grande is Coming Out With New Music Very Soon," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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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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