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hinge

noun \ ˈhinj \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of hinge

1 a : a jointed or flexible device on which a door, lid, or other swinging part turns
b : a flexible ligamentous joint
c : a small piece of thin gummed paper used in fastening a postage stamp in an album
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; hinging
1 : to swing on or as if on a hinge
  • These thoughtful amenities include … an outdoor patio TV that hinges outward toward the pool …
  • —Paul Takahashi
  • … we pulled within feet of a 12-foot crocodile, his huge jaw hinging open in warning to reveal a toothy grin.
  • —Andrea Bartz
2 : to be contingent on a single consideration or point used with on or upon
  • the prosecution's case hinges on the DNA evidence
: to attach by or furnish with hinges

Examples of hinge in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of hinge from the Web

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First Known Use of hinge

1719

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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hinge Synonyms

Synonyms

depend, hang, ride, turn;

Related Words

base, establish, found, rest, stay;

ground;



HINGE Defined for English Language Learners

hinge

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

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

noun \ ˈhinj \

Definition of hinge for Students

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

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hinge

verb

Definition of hinge for Students

hinged; hinging
: to attach by or provide with hinges
hinge on
: to be determined or decided by
  • Our plans hinge on the weather.


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