overhang

verb
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

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 Line a 1 1/2-quart bowl, preferably metal, preferably about 7 inches tall with a 7-inch wide opening, with two layers of plastic wrap, enough to overhang all around by at least 3 inches. Washington Post, "A festive baked Alaska to end your night in a blaze of glory," 28 Dec. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, use the parchment overhang to lift the cake out and let cool completely on the rack. Washington Post, "One-bowl snacking cakes are everything exhausted bakers need now," 15 Dec. 2020 That enabled Sorento’s platform team to keep the hood short, minimizing the front overhang and tightening the bumper, a blockiness which reads as more ready and adventurous. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2021 Kia Sorento: Finally, an SUV That’s the Right Size for Families," 16 Dec. 2020 Spray or oil the pan, then press in the parchment paper so that there’s overhang on the two long sides. Washington Post, "A black and white sesame cake made for all-day snacking," 15 Dec. 2020 The second level sits on a metal overhang above the main dining room. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Traditional Thai cuisine coming to CityCentre," 27 Nov. 2020 Tuck overhang under and crimp edges with your fingers or fork. Kate Merker, Woman's Day, "Pretzel-Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars," 7 Oct. 2020 Then, remove the bars from the pan using the parchment overhang to lift them out. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Leftover Citrus Bars," 9 Dec. 2020 Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan (or two 8-inch square pans) with nonstick cooking spray, then line with parchment paper or aluminum foil (no need to spray if using foil), leaving a generous overhang on the two long sides. Washington Post, "These chewy, date- and walnut-packed bars are called ‘food for the gods’ with good reason," 2 Dec. 2020 Trim the overhang to 1/2-inch; fold the edge under itself and crimp using fingers or fork tines. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s the perfect time of year for indulgent, bourbon-spiked chocolate pecan pie," 25 Nov. 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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Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

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“Overhang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhang. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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