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hinge

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noun \ˈhinj\

Definition of hinge

  1. 1a :  a jointed or flexible device on which a door, lid, or other swinging part turnsb :  a flexible ligamentous jointc :  a small piece of thin gummed paper used in fastening a postage stamp in an album

  2. 2 :  a determining factor :  turning point

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Origin and Etymology of hinge

Middle English heng; akin to Middle Dutch henge hook, Old English hangian to hang


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hinge

verb

Definition of hinge

hinged

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hinging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to be contingent on a single consideration or point —used with on or upon the prosecution's case hinges on the DNA evidence

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to attach by or furnish with hinges

Examples of hinge in a Sentence

  1. the outcome of the game hinged on a single play

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First Known Use of hinge

1719



HINGE Defined for English Language Learners

hinge

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noun

Definition of hinge for English Language Learners

  • : a usually metal piece that attaches a door, gate, or cover to something and allows it to open and close

hinge

verb

Definition of hinge for English Language Learners

  • : to attach (a door, gate, or cover) by hinges


HINGE Defined for Kids

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hinge

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noun \ˈhinj\

Definition of hinge for Students

  1. :  a jointed piece on which a door, gate, or lid turns or swings


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hinge

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verb

Definition of hinge for Students

hinged

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hinging

  1. :  to attach by or provide with hinges

hinge on

  1. :  to be determined or decided by Our plans hinge on the weather.



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