hinge

noun
\ˈhinj \

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

hinge

verb
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 upon the prosecution's case hinges on the DNA evidence

transitive verb

: to attach by or furnish with hinges

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Noun

hinge 1a

In the meaning defined above

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Synonyms for hinge

Synonyms: Verb

depend, hang, ride, turn

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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

In another, an orange door hung on its hinges amid the charred ruins. Jon Emont And Myo Myo, WSJ, "Rohingya Muslims Who Remain in Myanmar Struggle to Survive," 8 Aug. 2018 While companies have managed to reduce the bezel on the top and sides to nearly nothing, all the tech that powers the screen, like the hinge and cable connectors, needs to go somewhere. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "At IFA 2018, the future of laptop screens has finally gone mainstream," 31 Aug. 2018 Maple cabinetry with soft close hinges and a 75-liter fridge store all the essentials, as do upper cabinets throughout the van. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Cozy camper van stands out with custom woodworking," 15 Aug. 2018 Democrats’ hopes of recapturing the Senate hinge on all their incumbents winning — a difficult task — and on flipping seats in Nevada, won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, and a few states that lean Republican, most notably Arizona, Tennessee and Texas. Ken Thomas, The Seattle Times, "WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it’s up to voters," 7 Nov. 2018 The Jets’ ongoing rebuild hinges on Maccagnan’s ability to pick the right quarterback. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Jets and Giants Share Something Else: High Stakes at the Draft," 24 Apr. 2018 Twitter user WalkingCat spotted an API for devices with two screens and a hinge. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "New hinge API gives more hints about Microsoft’s 2-screen “Andromeda” device," 29 June 2018 Jones' daughter, Emily, told KGO that cabinet doors were ripped off the hinges and surfaces were coated with vegetable oil in an attempt to disguise fingerprints. Joy Johnston, ajc, "Airbnb host says her home was robbed, trashed by renters," 12 May 2018 This double hinge make the handle go through a much larger angle of movement than the blade goes through. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Want to Prune Trees More Easily? Use Physics," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The new angled hinges that connect the lid to the chassis do, too, as do the honeycomb speaker grilles on either side of the keyboard. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1," 16 Nov. 2018 Robert Scheer/IndyStar The outcome of Indiana's heated Senate race may hinge on people like Rachel Forrester, who for 14 years has served homemade pies and home-style food at a café in the small Madison County town of Alexandria. Seth Slabaugh, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to keep his pro-Trump voters. But can he?," 12 July 2018 However, the future of clemency in Pennsylvania may hinge in large part on the outcome of this fall’s gubernatorial election. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Sisters begged the Board of Pardons to free their brother's killer. The board said 'no'," 28 June 2018 Peter Guzman, a Republican who is the president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Nevada, said the president is hurting the GOP’s outreach to Latinos in his state, which Trump lost in 2016 and where control of the Senate may hinge this fall. Washington Post, "Chaos on the border inflames GOP’s split with Latinos," 23 June 2018 That process may hinge around a successful resolution to a lawsuit brought against Westfield in late May by disgruntled Horton Plaza tenant Jimbo’s. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What's happening with Horton Plaza? Now we know," 14 June 2018 The answer to that question may hinge on the lower-level discussions going on between representatives of the two countries, a fraught process that can sometimes dissolve into disagreement and at other times produce halting progress toward a meeting. New York Times, "U.S. and North Korean Officials Race to Resurrect Trump-Kim Meeting," 27 May 2018 Harris County's recovery from Hurricane Harvey may hinge on receiving aid from the state, but Gov. Greg Abbott's reluctance to tap into the Rainy Day Fund is hindering it, Harris County judge Ed Emmett said. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County's recovery from Harvey may hinge on state funds," 5 Apr. 2018 Any legal battle might hinge on the question of whether a threat of vandalism is enough to endanger a historic object. Jane Stancill, charlotteobserver, "Video shows Silent Sam being bashed, raises questions about its safety," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hinge

Noun

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

Verb

1719, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hinge

Noun

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

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hinge

noun

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

hinge

verb

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

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

hinge

noun
\ˈhinj \

Kids Definition of hinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hinge

verb
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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