1 of 2


: a jointed or flexible device on which a door, lid, or other swinging part turns
: a flexible ligamentous joint
: a small piece of thin gummed paper used in fastening a postage stamp in an album
: a determining factor : turning point

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  • hinge 1a


2 of 2


hinged; hinging

intransitive verb

: 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
: 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

Examples of hinge in a Sentence

Verb the outcome of the game hinged on a single play
Recent Examples on the Web
The line features the company’s four-bar stripe on the hinges, nose pads and frames. Jean E. Palmieri, WWD, 18 June 2024 With its patented super hinge technology, Mr. Lid is a quantum leap in storage solutions. Lauren Carpenter, USA TODAY, 9 June 2024
Douglas Weinberg Look elsewhere Manhattan: The state of our MTA does not hinge only on the funds that would have been raised by congestion pricing. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 25 June 2024 Bend your right knee and hinge into your right hip, keeping your back flat and your left leg straight. Mallory Creveling, Health, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for hinge 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1719, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinge. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a jointed piece on which a door, lid, or other swinging part turns
: the joint between valves of a bivalve's shell


2 of 2 verb
hinged; hinging
: to attach by or provide with hinges
: to hang or turn as if on a hinge : depend
our success hinges on this decision

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