hinge

noun
\ 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

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

An arriving officer talked to one brother, who said his sibling is a frequent drug user and had just hit him with mop and taken a door off its hinges when leaving. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Resident reports more than $4,000 in fraudulent credit card purchases: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 7 Aug. 2019 After the paint has dried, carefully reinstall the cabinetry and its hinges in your kitchen. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets to Make Them Look Brand New," 1 Aug. 2019 Stubbs reportedly choked her, and then tore the 50-pound door off its hinges and threw it at the woman, Vero News reported. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Rage quit: Florida man tears door off hinges, throws it at girlfriend over video game argument: report," 30 July 2019 Jeff Faraudo of Cal Bears Maven: Cal’s prospects in the Pac-12 hinge on improvement by the offense. oregonlive, "It might be raining today, but everything looks brighter for the Oregon State Beavers: Issues & Answers," 15 Sep. 2019 In the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, archaeologists digging in the Garden House recently uncovered the hinges of a wooden box, long since rotted away. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Sorceress’s Kit Was Discovered in the Ashes of Pompeii," 14 Aug. 2019 All of our goals in housing retention service hinge on building insight. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, "From the street to the mayor’s office: Assessing L.A.'s new initiative on homelessness," 1 Sep. 2019 But as Goodell acknowledged, the success of Gordon’s return to football hinges on Gordon’s ability to stay sober, which has been a major challenge for him. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "After reinstatement, Patriots’ Josh Gordon faces long odds," 18 Aug. 2019 And whether that possibility exists hinges on the compatibility of two very different ways of thinking about physics. Quanta Magazine, "In Quantum Games, There’s No Way to Play the Odds," 1 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bullock, a father of three, settled in with an expert’s stance at Donkey Kong—his favorite—hinging at the hips and grabbing the joystick with his left hand. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Democratic Debate Night with Steve Bullock, the Last Governor in the Presidential Race," 13 Sep. 2019 Swaying forward fold Standing tall, hinge forward at your waist to lower down into a forward fold. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "7 energizing moves to replace your afternoon coffee habit," 31 July 2019 At the winter solstice, the rocks are also hinged for ideal viewing — the sun falls behind the Trilothon, two vertical stones with a horizontal one laying atop. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Here's Why Stonehenge Is Connected to the Summer Solstice," 20 June 2019 The case hinges on the question of whether the Constitution guarantees such a right. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "Support is surging for teens’ climate change lawsuit," 5 Mar. 2019 Among them: improved core strength, improved hip-hinging abilities, increased hamstring flexibility, improved shoulder stability, decreased back discomfort, developed glutes, and improved separation between the upper and lower body. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why You Should Try the Kettlebell Windmill Exercise, According to Blake Lively’s Trainer," 9 Jan. 2019 The case could hinge on whether prosecutors can prove the photo’s existence. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "St. Louis prosecutors don't have photo at heart of Greitens case," 28 Feb. 2018 This charge hinges on the baby being born alive and Richardson intentionally killing the child. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Skylar Richardson: Here's what the jury could have decided and what it would have meant," 12 Sep. 2019 For Bolton, his job likely hinged less on offering Trump options for solving problems—the task of national-security advisers in ordinary times—than on preventing Trump from seriously damaging America’s interests. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "How John Bolton Got the Better of President Trump," 10 Sep. 2019

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

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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 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

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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