overhang

verb
over·​hang | \ ˈō-vər-ˌhaŋ How to pronounce overhang (audio) , ˌō-vər-ˈhaŋ \
overhung\ ˈō-​vər-​ˌhəŋ How to pronounce overhang (audio) , 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 How to pronounce overhang (audio) \
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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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 Although most big box board games will still overhang the Sauder Select Collection Bookcase by a little, this one is deep enough to avoid any egregious extension beyond the shelves. Jon Martindale, Forbes, 2 June 2021 That includes trimming back tree branches that overhang a roof and removing vegetation around decks and porches. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 So many unknowns overhang the shift toward greener energy that no one knows how the industries and its jobs will evolve in the coming years. CBS News, 6 Apr. 2021 For starters, the flight deck doesn't overhang the bow, especially on the port side, as seen in Queen Elizabeth. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Jan. 2021 Line a 1 1/2-quart bowl, preferably metal, preferably about 7 inches tall with a 7-inch wide opening, with two layers of plastic wrap, enough to overhang all around by at least 3 inches. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2020 In winter, much of the canyon floor here is blue ice hidden from the sun by an unlikely succession of overhanging sandstone amphitheaters. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 24 Mar. 2020 As a morning sun filters through the live oak boughs overhanging the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, two lines quickly build to snap up Adam Mentzer’s bouquets of carrots and asparagus. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Apr. 2020 Upon landing, the bait drops away from the float to crappies hiding under deep docks, overhanging limbs, and other structure. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 4 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Spray the foil with baking spray and line the foil with parchment, cut to fit the size of the pan with a 1-inch overhang on all sides. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 June 2021 Supply is unable to keep up thanks to inventories and capabilities run down when demand collapsed during lockdown, workers unwilling to return to work and the overhang of Covid-19 restrictions on production. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 31 May 2021 The path continues beneath the overhang of the Institute of Contemporary Art, where the long steps create amphitheater seating at the water’s edge. BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2021 Using the parchment overhang, pull marshmallow slab out of the pan and gently invert it onto the confectioners' sugar. G. Daniela Galarza, Arkansas Online, 2 June 2021 Use plastic-wrap overhang to cover bar and gently press on top to create a level surface. Melody Kim, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 Standing with other airmen at an overhang near the firing range, Deffer looked down at his rifle, in pieces on a metal table. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 14 May 2021 Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with plastic wrap, leaving a generous overhang on each side of the pan. Melody Kim, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 Until the huge overhang of CCs is resolved, Real Personal Income won’t improve much. Robert Barone, Forbes, 9 May 2021

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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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The first known use of overhang was before the 12th century

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15 Jun 2021

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“Overhang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhang. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce overhang (audio) \
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 How to pronounce overhang (audio) \

Medical Definition of overhang

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

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