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overhang

verb over·hang \ ˈō-vər-ˌhaŋ , ˌō-vər-ˈhaŋ \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of overhang

overhung play \ˈō-vər-ˌhəŋ, ˌō-vər-ˈhəŋ\; overhanging
transitive verb
1 : to project over
2 : to impend over : threaten
intransitive verb
: to project so as to be over something

Examples of overhang in a Sentence

  1. A cliff overhangs the trail.

  2. The patio was overhung by a canopy.

  3. The path was overhung with willow trees.

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First Known Use of overhang

before 12th century


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overhang

noun over·hang \ ˈō-vər-ˌhaŋ \

Definition of overhang

plural overhangs
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
4 a : 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

Examples of overhang in a Sentence

  1. The overhang of the roof cast a shadow on the ground.

  2. 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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First Known Use of overhang

1853


OVERHANG Defined for English Language Learners

overhang

verb

Definition of overhang for English Language Learners

  • : to stick out beyond or hang over (something)


overhang

noun

Definition of overhang for English Language Learners

  • : a part that sticks out or hangs over something

  • : the amount by which something hangs over something else


OVERHANG Defined for Kids

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overhang

verb over·hang \ ˈō-vər-ˌhaŋ \

Definition of overhang for Students

overhung \-ˌhəŋ\; overhanging
: to stick out or hang over
  • The dismal drizzle caused the overhanging leaves to drip …
  • —Avi, Crispin

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overhang

noun

Definition of overhang for Students

: a part that overhangs
  • the overhang of a roof

Medical Dictionary

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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