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

At 2,873 square feet, the home boasts many of the trademark features of a midcentury home, including long horizontal lines and flat panes, large windows, and overhanging eaves. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Quirky midcentury modern with koi pond wants $624K," 15 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To create a crimped edge for a single-crust pie, roll dough overhang in toward center of pie, creating a ring of dough around circumference. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 The overhang timber roof sheds snow to the north and the east of the building, sheltering both the entrance and an expansive second-floor deck. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern ski chalet wants $3.8M near Tahoe," 30 Nov. 2018 Transfer to a jelly-roll pan and trim to a 1-inch overhang. Jade Zimmerman, Country Living, "Pretzel-Chocolate-Pecan Slab Pie," 1 Nov. 2018 Lightly grease an 8- by 4-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Pear Loaf," 7 Dec. 2018 The sun is literally right behind the subject of the shot, but the director has staged the shot underneath an overhang so that the shadow lies over half the actor’s face. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 1 Sep. 2018 Palmer's Steakhouse An overhang shelters tables, and curtains come down when the raindrops do on the deck, perched near the Bark River. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Patio dining and airy spaces in Milwaukee for when the weather is less than stellar," 18 June 2018 Her 237,000 Instagram followers love to see her dangle one-armed from an overhang. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "The Prodigy: Ashima Shiraishi," 3 Apr. 2018 The roomy sedan won North American Car of the Year in 2016, then the edgy hatchback cut the overhangs and added vents and a spoiler to stand out, and now, finally, the Si. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Best affordable sports cars of 2017," 5 June 2017

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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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