overhang

verb
over·​hang | \ ˈō-vər-ˌhaŋ How to pronounce overhang (audio) , ˌō-vər-ˈhaŋ \
overhung\ ˈō-​vər-​ˌhəŋ How to pronounce overhung (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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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 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, "Tested: 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 Goes Nowhere, Man," 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, "Locavores were resetting the American table. Then came a pandemic.," 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, "The 8 Best Live Bait Rigs for Crappie Fishing," 4 Mar. 2020 Directly south is a large western cedar, which doesn't quite overhang the side yard. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Wait to prune boxwood until threat of frost has passed," 8 Mar. 2020 But yes, there's definitely a potential, with witnesses, that this trial could still be overhanging the president during his State of the Union on February 4th. NBC News, "Transcript: The Bolton Facctor," 29 Jan. 2020 Owner Charlie Hyde IV plans to show the game on a large projector screen overhanging the brewery -- with sound. oregonlive, "Where to watch the 2020 Super Bowl in Portland? Try these 10 brewpubs," 28 Jan. 2020 Nor is Dewan an insurance company, saddled with policyholder claims that overhang the future. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Haircuts for Indian Finance — Bald or Bold?," 21 Nov. 2019 At Bassin la Paix, in St. Benoit, an entire river courses over a 40-foot drop into a fishbowl-like swimming hole, throwing off so much spray that overhung basalt cliffs on shore are covered in ferns. Rowan Moore Gerety, New York Times, "Why Hiking Beats Surfing on Réunion Island (Hint: Sharks!)," 28 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lightly grease 9x13 pan, line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "A pumpkin spice holiday celebration for cheesecake lovers," 21 Oct. 2020 Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides. Torie Cox, Country Living, "Millionaires' Shortbread," 11 Oct. 2020 Line a 13-by-9-inch oven-safe pan with parchment paper, leaving an inch overhang on both sides to form lifting handles. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chewy granola bars: After-school snack is easy to make and loaded with nutrients," 10 Oct. 2020 Austin Meadows' long fly ball might have been brought back by Judge, but the right fielder hit his head on the overhang and the ball bounced on top of the wall for a game-tying home run. Kristie Ackert, courant.com, "Rays get ultimate revenge over Yankees as Mike Brosseau hits series-winning homer off Aroldis Chapman," 9 Oct. 2020 Transfer to 9- by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet and trim dough to 1-inch overhang all around. Kate Merker, Woman's Day, "Pretzel-Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars," 7 Oct. 2020 Thom Mayne, a co-founder of the Los Angeles firm Morphosis, designed a new entryway for the hotel, a groovy white stucco overhang that resembles a half-sucked Life Saver. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum," 5 Oct. 2020 They are tucked up against an overhang that buffers them from lake breezes in the winter. Jennifer Clare Ball, Wired, "Why Some Ecologists Worry About Rooftop Honey Bee Programs," 2 Oct. 2020 Line with parchment, leaving an overhang on two sides, and spray parchment and pan. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Overhang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhang. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for overhang

overhang

verb
How to pronounce overhang (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overhang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to stick out beyond or hang over (something)

overhang

noun
How to pronounce overhang (audio)

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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