\ 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 Dr Tedros, elected by governments to run a technical and scientific organisation, is the diplomatic grease on the hinges of those doors. The Economist, "The coronavirus blame-game America and China take their rivalry to the World Health Organisation," 17 May 2020 The balance of power hinges on four states with the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection: Maine and North Carolina, as well as Colorado and Arizona. Los Angeles Times, "As coronavirus reshapes campaigns, Republicans fear loss of Senate control," 8 May 2020 After 27,000 folds, the hinge mechanism jammed up, and the phone wouldn't close anymore. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Just one day after launch, Moto Razr durability problems begin to pile up," 7 Feb. 2020 In the invention description, Apple describes a novel hinge mechanism that could potentially set an Apple foldable apart from the rest of the pack. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Does This Apple Patent Mean What We Think It Means?," 6 Feb. 2020 Effectiveness of smartphone contact tracing hinges on how many people choose to use it. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Apple, Google will warn you if you've been exposed to COVID-19. Here's how.," 4 May 2020 Many of the scenarios for easing the societal restrictions coronavirus has imposed hinge on greatly increasing testing for the virus. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana wants to see testing for coronavirus increased. How feasible is that?," 28 Apr. 2020 Several reporters given early access to the device discovered defective hinges and that their screens broke after removing the Fold's protective film. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "The $1500 Motorola Razr will hit stores in North America on February 6," 22 Jan. 2020 That’s probably because the hinge is shorter and the area of the actual screen fold is only several inches wide. Dallas News, "Another Samsung folding phone — the Galaxy Z Flip deserves your attention," 27 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The whole thing is a wild concept, hinging on the plausibility of every character’s motivations, which are all a bit squishy. cleveland, "’Inheritance’ works off an equation that produces mixed results (review)," 22 May 2020 Let’s sweep it aside, along with the suspicion that one’s value under quarantine hinges on whether one has joined the masses in baking bread. Tamar Adler, The New Yorker, "An Anxious, Frugal, Non-Baker’s Approach to Sourdough Starter," 18 May 2020 First, dual handles (one fixed on the side and another hinged on top) make pouring easy. Kathy Passero, al, "Gardening tools for all levels: 9 essential items for budding gardeners," 15 May 2020 That leaves China and the world’s outlook hinging on how quickly those hazard-suit wearing workers can stop the spread of the virus. Malcolm Scott, Bloomberg.com, "Coronavirus Eclipses Trade as Global Economy’s Biggest Threat," 11 May 2020 Musk’s plan to reopen reportedly hinged on revised statewide guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose administration eased restrictions on manufacturing Friday. Los Angeles Times, "It’s not safe to reopen Tesla factory, Alameda County tells Elon Musk," 8 May 2020 Time is of the essence for businesses, with success sometimes hinging on factors as simple as having a bank with a preexisting relationship with the SBA. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Amid coronavirus outbreak, Texas small businesses seek government lifeline they never thought they’d need," 17 Apr. 2020 Suddenly, what could have been a totally innocuous moment is a viscerally gripping one, hinging on Meester’s line delivery and inflection — and of course, her eyes, telegraphing betrayal, fury and weariness all at once. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "The Roommate Is On Netflix & There’s One Reason To Watch: Leighton Meester," 6 Apr. 2020 Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will likely be the deciding vote in a high-profile rape case that hinges on whether or not a portion of Oklahoma falls under state jurisdiction or that of the Indian reservation. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "Gorsuch's pivotal vote could favor Oklahoma tribe in controversial Native American rape case," 12 May 2020

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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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30 May 2020

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“Hinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinge. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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