overhang

verb
over·​hang | \ˈō-vər-ˌhaŋ, ˌō-vər-ˈhaŋ\
overhung\ ˈō-​vər-​ˌhəŋ , ˌō-​vər-​ˈhəŋ \; overhanging

Definition of overhang 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to project over

2 : to impend over : threaten

intransitive verb

: to project so as to be over something

overhang

noun
over·​hang | \ˈō-vər-ˌhaŋ \
plural overhangs

Definition of overhang (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that overhangs also : the extent of the overhanging

2 : the part of the bow or stern of a ship that projects over the water above the waterline

3 : a projection of the roof or upper story of a building beyond the wall of the lower part

4a : an excess of something that is left over and not easily disposed of inventory overhang Housing prices will not stabilize until the massive overhang of foreclosed homes is reduced.— Robert Borosage

b : an excess amount of a commodity or security the selling of which often drives down the value of that kind of commodity or security share overhang

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Noun

1 overhang 3

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Examples of overhang in a Sentence

Verb

A cliff overhangs the trail. The patio was overhung by a canopy. The path was overhung with willow trees.

Noun

The overhang of the roof cast a shadow on the ground. a recess in the face of the cliff that is hidden by the thick vines dangling from the jagged overhang above
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Arrange the rhubarb side by side on top of the frangipane, trimming off any bits that overhang the uncovered dough. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 The home is full of horizontal lines, and the low pitched roof, overhanging eaves, and open floor plan all point to Wright’s extensive influence. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Stunning midcentury home by a Wright apprentice asks $1.8M," 18 Oct. 2018 If a fire is built below trees, the overhanging branches must be at least 25 feet above it. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "King County orders burn ban, joining others around Washington amid heat wave," 13 July 2018 After the overhanging offwidth to chimney, the climbing was straightforward, if strenuous. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "The Story of the First Ascent," 9 July 2018 Shallow steps that ring the house allow access to the different spaces, and the home’s sleek finish is topped off with overhanging concrete slabs that lend the residence a further sense of privacy. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Cool concrete summer home sits among a sea of trees," 3 July 2018 The tree overhung a creek in a swimming area near Alligator Springs. Monique Valdes, ajc, "Florida teen trapped in tree after being chased by gator, deputies say," 3 July 2018 On one side, the pushy new wife of an affluent businessman is complaining about the shade cast by her neighbor’s overhanging branches. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Under the Tree," 6 July 2018 Lightly grease Bundt pan and lay in strips of bacon, allowing excess to overhang the edge and central tube. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Bundt Pan Meatloaf," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fold overhang under itself to create a thicker rim of dough and crimp as desired. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cranberry-Pear Pecan Crumb Pie," 24 Oct. 2018 Fold overhang under and use a fork to make symmetrical indentations all around rim of crust. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon," 12 Sep. 2018 Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "This herbaceous take on a blondie is crispy, gooey and impossible to stop eating," 30 Aug. 2018 Small overhangs push the vehicle’s massive wheels to the corners, and flowing lines stretch from the perky front fenders to the arching rear haunches. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "The Jaguar I-PACE and the Juiced-Up Future of Going Off-Road," 25 June 2018 On summery days, customers can head to sidewalk seating and a patio out the back of the bar, tucked under a protective overhang, or catch a breeze from the open casement windows along Jefferson Street. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "International flavors, down at the corner bar, are an American experience," 3 July 2018 These changes were made to give the Accord a more-premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity closer to the rear wheels, Honda said. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Honda Accord debuts for 2018 with its first-ever turbocharged engines," 15 June 2018 Deputies found him under an overhang and arrested him. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Burglar climbed through ceiling tiles into Big Lots store, deputies say," 28 June 2018 Those traveling to the north will connect with a red trail that brings hikers down to a magnificent iron trail bridge with a view of a cave-like rocky overhang and the scenic Branford River. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "North Farms A Bicentennial Preserve," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of overhang

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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More Definitions for overhang

overhang

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overhang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to stick out beyond or hang over (something)

overhang

noun

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

: a part that sticks out or hangs over something

: the amount by which something hangs over something else

overhang

verb
over·​hang | \ˈō-vər-ˌhaŋ \
overhung\ -​ˌhəŋ \; overhanging

Kids Definition of overhang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to stick out or hang over The dismal drizzle caused the overhanging leaves to drip …— Avi, Crispin

overhang

noun

Kids Definition of overhang (Entry 2 of 2)

: a part that overhangs the overhang of a roof

overhang

noun
over·​hang | \ˈō-vər-ˌhaŋ \

Medical Definition of overhang 

: a portion of a filling that extends beyond the normal contour of a tooth

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