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


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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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lightly spray a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and line it with aluminum foil, allowing the foil to just overhang on the sides. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 Those double patties overhang the bun's edges like there's no tomorrow, and there's enough melty American for a family-of-four serving of mac and cheese. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 Be proactive by cutting down any trees or large branches that overhang your property and remove all outdoor furniture, umbrellas, grills, etc. Daniel Lustig, sun-sentinel.com, 8 July 2021 Eggs are laid in masses on leaves and other objects that overhang the water in swamps, marshes or sluggish streams. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other videos showed water pouring from the side of an overhang at the outdoor amphitheater, drenching concertgoers. Fox News, 9 June 2022 But the building already features the identical architecture and colors as other Amazon Fresh locations across the country — down to the green-and-black paneling over a portion of the overhang. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Feb. 2022 The new Colorado also uses a 3.1-inch-longer wheelbase across all trims, and a shorter front overhang to help improve approach angles. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 28 July 2022 Like many of Wright’s designs, the doghouse features a low, asymmetrical roof with a large overhang. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2022 The fire department's roof will likely cost around $15,000 to replace as its 3-foot overhang was torn off, along with half of the shingles, Smith said. Hannah Brock, The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2022 Line the pan with a sheet of parchment paper with a generous overhang on the long sides. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 As Galbraith points out this current bout of bad inflation numbers is an overhang from the last 12 months. Teresa Ghilarducci, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The new extended overhang, which allows the family to relax and eat with protection from the elements, and the columns are gray stucco. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overhang


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


1853, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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: The Cross of Lead



Kids Definition of overhang (Entry 2 of 2)

: a part that overhangs the overhang of a roof


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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