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

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 The upper level will seat 7,600 fans at general-admission prices and will partially overhang a 6,400-seat lower deck. Aimee Berg, USA TODAY, "U.S. Open's second covered stadium should help with weather delays, boost attendance," 17 May 2018 Brick walls, windows, and wood panels make up the exterior of the ranch-like house that boasts an overhanging roof. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Rad midcentury home on 3 acres asks $1.2M," 21 June 2018 Use grills only outside, well away from deck railings, overhanging tree branches and house walls. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "The Big Number: Outdoor grilling sends thousands to ER," 9 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dozens are stuck with enormous debt loads—usually pension overhangs—that force them to devote unsustainable portions of their incoming revenue to servicing debt. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin," 20 June 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 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, star-telegram, "All-new Honda Accord debuts for 2018 with its first-ever turbocharged engines | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 The exterior design, with columns supporting the front porch overhang, the setbacks and gables that add visual appeal, and the substantial and beautifully detailed front door that beckons visitors, only hint at what awaits. James Alexander, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 115 Waverly Drive, Newington," 9 Nov. 2017 An internal support system is key to the structures, which can also feature balconies, overhangs, windows and new walls for bedrooms and bathrooms. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida may get apartments built using shipping containers," 20 June 2017 That overhang and the broad risks attached to Britain’s exit from Europe will keep some investors away and hold down the price for now, but for long-suffering existing shareholders there are finally big rewards on the way. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Big Rewards Finally Await RBS Shareholders," 10 May 2018 The wheelbase is long with short overhangs for a sporty profile, but the face is broad and tall, with black undercladding to give it an SUV vibe. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2019 Volvo XC40 continues winning crossover tradition," 25 Apr. 2018 Dynamic turn signals in the front and rear, LED turn signals integrated into the side mirrors (with aluminum-optic housing), short overhangs and a flat rear window emphasize the sporty appearance. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Audi’s fun, sporty S5 Cabriolet gets a redesign for 2018, starts at $62,300 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Mar. 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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