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 Of course, such investigations by tradition have been conducted and concluded in secret, and don’t produce the politically damaging cloud of public suspicion overhanging their targets that a criminal investigation creates. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Did Trump Abuse His Power with Ukraine?," 25 Oct. 2019 Set on a knoll with city-light views, the single-story home epitomizes cool California modernism with its clean lines, overhanging eaves and walls of glass. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Maroon 5’s James Valentine makes his move," 28 Sep. 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? BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — For a second straight time, the Federal Reserve is set to cut interest rates this week to try to protect the economy from the consequences of a global slowdown and President Trump’s trade war with China.," 17 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Windows on the home were also broken, and a font overhang was ripped off. Fox News, "Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin loses home in tornado, says it's an 'extremely sad sight to see'," 21 Oct. 2019 On the last slow drive out of the mountains, a descent of more than 4,000 feet to Pilares, the old logging road passed under a rock overhang known as La Cachucha, Spanish for a bill cap. San Antonio Express-News, "“It’s almost like having a national park all to yourself.”," 18 Oct. 2019 The volcanic and conglomerate rocks draw lots of climbers who take on numerous and varied routes, from short and easy to long and technical, with vertical faces and steep overhangs. Brian E. Clark, Los Angeles Times, "Ready to go beyond your climbing gym? Meet Southern California’s rock stars," 12 Oct. 2019 So large is the overhang of bad corporate debt that to suggest a better model of banking will emerge invites skepticism. Washington Post, "Amazon, Walmart Will Help Save India’s Banks," 10 Oct. 2019 Press a second sheet over that crosswise, again leaving ample overhang. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Four perfect tacos featuring fish, turkey, or mojo pork," 4 Sep. 2019 Using a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan with straight sides, line the bottom and two long sides with a sheet of parchment paper, allowing at least 1 inch of overhang on each side (this will help in removing the bars from the pan). Los Angeles Times, "Make these mangonada bars for the best chill treat during the hot summer," 13 Aug. 2019 While ice cream is softening, line two 8-inch cake pans well with plastic wrap, leaving several inches of overhang. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Ice cream cake from scratch tastes better and can be customized," 17 July 2019 The design is attractive but unassuming, long with short front overhangs and 19-inch alloy wheels. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Genesis G80 Sport is much more than a Hyundai," 9 Oct. 2017

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of overhang was before the 12th century

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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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