\ ˈhinj How to pronounce hinge (audio) \

Definition of hinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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


hinged; hinging

Definition of hinge (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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 uponthe prosecution's case hinges on the DNA evidence

transitive verb

: to attach by or furnish with hinges

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hinge 1a

In the meaning defined above

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Synonyms for hinge

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of hinge in a Sentence

Verb the outcome of the game hinged on a single play
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It's painted yellow with black hinges, with the same lettering that appeared on Davis's 1949 school bus. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A man who drove a school bus for 55 years will be laid to rest in a school bus casket," 19 Feb. 2020 But growth hinges on U.S. immigration policy, according to the Census Bureau. Mike Schneider, Anchorage Daily News, "By 2060, a quarter of U.S. residents will be over age 65," 14 Feb. 2020 But growth hinges on U.S. immigration policy, according to the Census Bureau. NBC News, "By 2060, a quarter of U.S. residents will be over age 65, census reports say," 14 Feb. 2020 Most of us have some brass pieces around our homes, such as cabinet hardware, door hinges, bath faucets, furniture, and decorative curios. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Clean Tarnished Brass," 20 Jan. 2020 Their hopes for returning to a bowl game hinge on one last opportunity, their season-finale at Pittsburgh next week. BostonGlobe.com, "Notre Dame took advantage for 17 third-quarter points and won, 40-7.," 24 Nov. 2019 Whether Taroko National Park, and Taiwan as a whole, is a net source or sink of carbon hinges on other factors, too. Katherine Kornei, Science | AAAS, "A massive experiment in Taiwan aims to reveal landslides’ surprising effect on the climate," 20 Nov. 2019 The takeaway Inspect all of a stroller's hinges with extreme care. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GHRI Investigates: Baby Strollers," 11 Oct. 2010 Zane’s got one on his eyebrow from a run-in with a door hinge in the seventh grade. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Every family’s scars tell their own stories," 17 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In recent years, that has hinged on prioritizing TV, and maximizing the at-home math over the in-person experience. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Coronavirus forces sports world to make clear that TV increasingly calls the shots," 11 Mar. 2020 With your feet hip-width apart and a soft bend in your knees, hinge forward at your hips, keeping your back flat. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "How to Do a Single-Leg Deadlift Without Falling on Your Face," 11 Feb. 2020 He is expected to command an annual salary between $38 million and $40 million, a figure that hinges heavily on how much the Kansas City Chiefs pay quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Deshaun Watson throws touchdown in Pro Bowl," 27 Jan. 2020 And that group will only continue to grow, as more children grow older and flock to social media platforms that hinge on finding a joke and building it up into its most absurd, catchiest form. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon," 29 July 2019 The former vice president suggested his flurry of endorsements, including from Democrats in battleground states, stems from the realization that the success of other candidates could hinge on the eventual Democratic presidential nominee. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Biden racks up endorsements in show of force before Super Tuesday," 2 Mar. 2020 But their immediate success always hinged on persuading a small cadre of centrist lawmakers who could cross party lines. Alana Abramson, Time, "Trump's Impeachment Trial Could Be in Its Final Hours After Key Republicans Fall in Line to Block Witnesses," 1 Feb. 2020 But the Rockets’ success also hinges on Harden's play and the return of Eric Gordon (right knee). Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Russell Westbrook on Rockets: ‘We’ve prepared ourselves long term and that’s to win a championship’," 10 Jan. 2020 Its success may hinge on its ability to make good on a so-far unfilled tech promise: self-driving vehicles. Washington Post, "We picked the 10 most-influential technologies of the decade. It isn’t all bad.," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hinge


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1719, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hinge


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

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The first known use of hinge was in the 14th century

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21 Mar 2020

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“Hinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinge. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of hinge (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈhinj How to pronounce hinge (audio) \

Kids Definition of hinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


hinged; hinging

Kids Definition of hinge (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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