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

The retailer’s inspectors saw dangerous connections, including loose and hanging wires at several locations, according to the complaint. Chris Dolmetsch, Fortune, "Walmart Suit Says Tesla Installed Faulty Rooftop Solar Panels That Caused Multiple Fires," 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, "It’s never too early to prepare for an earthquake," 12 July 2019 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

At night, candles flicker in glass globes as a chef does wonderful things in a camp kitchen, while fairy lights bring magic to tents laid out with rich carpets and wall hangings. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 Jonathan Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said a hyoid can be broken in many circumstances, but is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. al, "Broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck raise questions," 15 Aug. 2019 Jonathan Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said a hyoid can be broken in many circumstances, but is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. Aaron C. Davis, chicagotribune.com, "Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck, sources say," 15 Aug. 2019 Jonathan Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said a hyoid can be broken in many circumstances, but is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. Aaron C. Davis, BostonGlobe.com, "Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck, deepening questions around his death," 15 Aug. 2019 Jonathan Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said a hyoid can be broken in many circumstances, but is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. Anchorage Daily News, "Autopsy finds broken bones in Epstein’s neck, deepening questions around his death," 15 Aug. 2019 Jonathan Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said a hyoid can be broken in many circumstances, but is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. oregonlive.com, "Autopsy finds broken bones in Epstein’s neck, deepening questions around his death," 14 Aug. 2019 Chains also look great hanging from tree limbs or shepherd’s hooks. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 Like that flag hanging from the upper deck at Chelsea, which is not so much a political statement as a symbol of political reality. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Memo to Theresa May: In Premier League, Russian Roots Run Deep," 18 Mar. 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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