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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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

On sunny days, motorists and cyclists can struggle to see the roadway and oncoming traffic because of overhanging trees that create deep shade alternating with bright sunlight. Daniel Borenstein, The Mercury News, "Borenstein: Cyclist might be alive if California parks hadn’t ignored judge’s order," 30 Aug. 2019 Among the key questions: Will Trump achieve at least a truce in his conflict with China and diminish a threat overhanging the U.S. economy? Washington Post, "With Trump trade war a threat, Fed is set to cut rates again," 16 Sep. 2019 The rails should be flush on the headboard end of the cases and overhang the side and footboard end of the cases by 1/2 inch. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Your Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Platform Bed Frame," 30 Aug. 2019 The population spins their webs in branches overhanging bodies of water such as streams and rivers. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Hurricanes are making spiders more aggressive: It's rapid evolution at work, study says," 20 Aug. 2019 Long horizontal lines mark the exterior, and the home features overhanging roofs, multiple walkout patios, and an affinity for Usonian principles. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired midcentury asks $1M," 11 July 2019 Who wouldn’t want to get away to a quiet island, lounge in a hammock overhanging the ocean, and eat sushi? Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Here's What It Costs To Honeymoon In The Maldives Like Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner," 15 July 2019 This is not a simple pruning job with a branch overhanging your roof. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "My Neighbor’s Tree Roots Damaged My Driveway," 6 July 2019 For his home, Tan designed a large, overhanging roof and placed wind turbines on top to draw more hot air out, and cool air in. John Defterios, CNN, "Malaysia is fighting the climate crisis with better buildings," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Line a 9- by 13-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the 2 long sides. Tara Bench, Country Living, "Marshmallow Ghost Brownies," 6 Sep. 2019 Using 18-inch-wide heavy-duty foil, make a sling in a large roasting pan: Leaving generous overhang on either side, gently press one sheet of foil into the pan lengthwise. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Four perfect tacos featuring fish, turkey, or mojo pork," 4 Sep. 2019 Typical Eichler features include flat or low-sloped gable roofs with deep overhangs over exposed beams, open floor plans with atriums or courtyards, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Willow Glen Eichler owners celebrate their place in national history," 11 Aug. 2019 Cover all the food with a piece of wet burlap large enough to fully cover the food with some overhang, and tuck the sides in around the edges of the food inside the tub to ensure it's well covered. CBS News, "The Dish: Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster shares his signature recipes," 6 July 2019 Line the bottom and sides of a 13- by 9-inch cake pan with foil, leaving overhang on all sides, and lightly coat the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Blueberry pie bars," 25 June 2019 Lingering worries about a possible antitrust review by US regulators have been an overhang as well. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Apple is unveiling the iPhone 11, but this what investors should really care about," 10 Sep. 2019 The department, in a response to a reader’s question to AL.com last week, said that monitoring devices were installed on interstate overhang signs near the tunnel as part of an ongoing traffic analysis. al, "State continues to monitor I-10 traffic at the Wallace Tunnel," 27 Aug. 2019 Among the island’s highlights is a generous overhang that serves as a breakfast bar. courant.com, "Property of the Week: 194 Woodpond Road, West Hartford," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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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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