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



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 After several unsuccessful ploys by his henchmen to save his life -- including one that would be attempted post-hanging -- Cardinella was down to one last try. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, 13 Mar. 2021 To make hanging loop, bend wire in half; twist ends together. Megan Fulweiler, Woman's Day, 9 Sep. 2019 The retailer’s inspectors saw dangerous connections, including loose and hanging wires at several locations, according to the complaint. Chris Dolmetsch, Fortune, 20 Aug. 2019 Move heavy objects to lower shelves and secure hanging objects, cabinet doors and appliances with safety straps, fasteners and adhesives. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, 12 July 2019 So there’s no more hanging out of the window for a quick puff. Josh Duboff, Vanities, 12 Dec. 2017 So there’s no more hanging out of the window for a quick puff. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 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, 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, 30 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 12-pack gives you five different sizes of hooks for your various hanging needs. Chris Hachey, BGR, 26 May 2021 Here are paintings, heavy on the impasto, that are intended to calm the soul, soothe the mind, that would look good hanging above the I.T. guy’s couch. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Behind the rear motor, there is a full-size spare hanging, just like on any other F-150. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 20 May 2021 But is there someone even more extraneous hanging around? Keith Phipps, Vulture, 17 May 2021 Today’s free software can transform your quick snaps into works of art worthy of printing and hanging. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 2 May 2021 Some menacingly called out for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and chanted for the hanging of Vice President Mike Pence. Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 Punishments have included death for theft, the first man said, citing the hanging of three thieves four years ago. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 Churches marked the beginning of the Christmas season today with the lighting of Advent candles and the traditional hanging of the greens on the first day of Advent. al, 29 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of hanging


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hanging. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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