Webster 1913 Edition
Requiring, deserving, or foreboding death by the halter.“What a hanging face!”
Suspended from above; pendent;
Adapted for sustaining a hanging object;
hangingpost of a gate, the post which holds the hinges
a compass suspended so that the card may be read from beneath.–
a garden sustained at an artificial elevation by any means, as by the terraces at Babylon.–
that rail of a door or casement to which hinges are attached.–
the overhanging side of an inclined or hading vein.–
Strips of the same stuff as the gown, hanging down the back from the shoulders.
Loose, flowing sleeves.–
That stile of a door to which hinges are secured.
That upright of a window frame to which casements are hinged, or in which the pulleys for sash windows are fastened.–
the upper wall of inclined vein, or that which hangs over the miner’s head when working in the vein.
The act of suspending anything; the state of being suspended.
Death by suspension; execution by a halter.
That which is hung as lining or drapery for the walls of a room, as tapestry, paper, etc., or to cover or drape a door or window; – used chiefly in the plural.
hangingsclothe the palace walls.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Being suspended; dangling; swinging.
2.Foreboding death by the halter.
What a hanging face!
3.Requiring punishment by the halter; as a hanging matter.
No purple hangings clothe the palace walls.
1.Death by the halter; as hard words or hanging.
- present participle of hang
hanging (not comparable)
- The hanging vines made the house look older than it was.
- (chess, of a piece) Unprotected and exposed to capture.
- (baseball, slang, of an off-speed pitch) Hittable; poorly executed by the pitcher hence relatively easy to hit.
- hanging breaking ball
- hanging slider
- hanging basket
- hanging garden
- hanging loop
- hanging participle
hanging (countable and uncountable, plural hangings)
- (uncountable) The act of hanging a person (or oneself) by the neck in order to execute that person (or to commit suicide).
- 1728, Otway, Thomas, “The Atheist, or, the Second Part of the Solider's Fortune”, in The Works of Mr. Thomas Otway, volume 2, London, page 37:
- No, Sir, 'tis fear of Hanging. Who would not ſteal, or do Murder, every time his Fingers itch'd at it, were it not for fear of the Gallows?
- Hanging is the punishment for one convicted of war crimes, there.
- (countable) A public event at which a person is hanged.
- The hanging of the bandits was attended by the whole village.
- (countable) Anything that is hung as a decorative element (such as curtains, gobelins or posters).
- The various hangings on that Christmas tree look nice.
- (uncountable) The way in which hangings (decorations) are arranged.
- I dislike the cramped hanging in the gallery of 18th century painters.
- (execution): a quick drop and a sudden stop, Abraham's balsam, hempen elixir
means of execution
public event at which a person is hanged
anything wide, high and thin that is hung
way in which hangings (decorations) are arranged