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Webster 1913 Edition


Hang

Hang

(hăng)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Hanged
(hăngd)
or
Hung
(hŭng)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Hanging
.
The use of hanged is preferable to that of hung, when reference is had to death or execution by suspension, and it is also more common.
]
[OE.
hangen
,
hongien
, v. t. & i., AS.
hangian
, v. i., fr.
hōn
, v. t. (imp.
heng
, p. p.
hongen
); akin to OS.
hangōn
, v. i., D.
hangen
, v. t. & i., G.
hangen
, v. i,
hängen
, v. t., Icel.
hanga
, v. i., Goth.
hāhan
, v. t. (imp.
haíhah
),
hāhan
, v. i. (imp.
hahaida
), and perh. to L.
cunctari
to delay. √37. ]
1.
To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without support from below; – often used with up or out;
as, to
hang
a coat on a hook; to
hang
up a sign; to
hang
out a banner.
2.
To fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon the point or points of suspension; – said of a pendulum, a swing, a door, gate, etc.
3.
To fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its snath, or an ax to its helve.
[U. S.]
4.
To put to death by suspending by the neck; – a form of capital punishment;
as, to
hang
a murderer
.
5.
To cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures, trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with paper hangings; – said of a wall, a room, etc.
Hung
be the heavens with black.
Shakespeare
And
hung
thy holy roofs with savage spoils.
Dryden.
6.
To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.
7.
To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect; to droop;
as, he
hung
his head in shame
.
Cowslips wan that
hang
the pensive head.
Milton.
To hang down
,
to let fall below the proper position; to bend down; to decline; as, to hang down the head, or, elliptically, to hang the head.
To hang fire
(Mil.)
,
to be slow in communicating fire through the vent to the charge; as, the gun hangs fire; hence, to hesitate, to hold back as if in suspense.

Hang

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to remain; to stay.
2.
To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension.
3.
To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck.
[R.]
“Sir Balaam hangs.”
Pope.
4.
To hold for support; to depend; to cling; – usually with on or upon;
as, this question
hangs
on a single point
.
“Two infants hanging on her neck.”
Peacham.
5.
To be, or be like, a suspended weight.
Life
hangs
upon me, and becomes a burden.
Addison.
6.
To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; – usually with
over
;
as, evils
hang
over the country
.
7.
To lean or incline; to incline downward.
To decide which way
hung
the victory.
Milton.
His neck obliquely o’er his shoulder
hung
.
Pope.
8.
To slope down;
as,
hanging
grounds
.
9.
To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to linger; to be delayed.
A noble stroke he lifted high,
Which
hung
not, but so swift with tempest fell
On the proud crest of Satan.
Milton.
To hang around
,
to loiter idly about.
To hang back
,
to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant.
“If any one among you hangs back.”
Jowett (Thucyd.).
To hang by the eyelids
.
(a)
To hang by a very slight hold or tenure.
(b)
To be in an unfinished condition; to be left incomplete.
To hang in doubt
,
to be in suspense.
To hang on
(with the emphasis on the preposition), to keep hold; to hold fast; to stick; to be persistent, as a disease.
To hang on the lips
To hang on the words
, etc.
,
to be charmed by eloquence.
To hang out
.
(a)
To be hung out so as to be displayed; to project.
(b)
To be unyielding;
as, the juryman
hangs out
against an agreement
; to hold out.
[Colloq.]
(c)
to loiter or lounge around a particular place;
as, teenageers tend to
hang out
at the mall these days
.
To hang over
.
(a)
To project at the top.
(b)
To impend over.
To hang to
,
to cling.
To hang together
.
(a)
To remain united; to stand by one another.
“We are all of a piece; we hang together.”
Dryden.
(b)
To be self-consistent;
as, the story does not
hang together
.
[Colloq.]
To hang upon
.
(a)
To regard with passionate affection.
(b)
(Mil.)
To hover around;
as,
to hang upon
the flanks of a retreating enemy
.

Hang

,
Noun.
1.
The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is connected with, another;
as, the
hang
of a scythe
.
2.
Connection; arrangement; plan;
as, the
hang
of a discourse
.
[Colloq.]
3.
A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
[Colloq.]
To get the hang of
,
to learn the method or arrangement of; hence, to become accustomed to.
[Colloq.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Hang

HANG

,
Verb.
T.
pret. and pp. hanged or hung.
1.
To suspend; to fasten to some fixed object above, in such a manner as to swing or move; as, to hang a thief. Pharaoh hanged the chief baker. Hence,
2.
To put to death by suspending by the neck.
Many men would rebel, rather than be ruined; but they would rather not rebel than be hanged.
3.
To place without any solid support or foundation.
He hangeth the earth upon nothing. Job.36.
4.
To fix in such a manner as to be movable; as, to hang a door or grate on hooks or by butts.
5.
To cover or furnish by any thing suspended or fastened to the walls; as, to hang an apartment with curtains or with pictures.
Hung by the heavens with black--
And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils.
To hang out, to suspend in open view; to display; to exhibit to notice; as, to hang out false colors.
1.
To hang abroad; to suspend in the open air.
hang over, to project or cause to project above.
To hang down, to let fall below the proper situation; to bend down; to decline; as, to hand down the head, and elliptically, to hang the head.
To hang up, to suspend; to place on something fixed on high.
1.
To suspend; to keep or suffer to remain undecided; as, to hang up a question in debate.

HANG

,
Verb.
I.
To be suspended; to be sustained by something above, so as to swing or be movable below.
1.
To dangle; to be loose and flowing below.
2.
To bend forward or downward; to lean or incline.
His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder hung.
3.
To float; to play.
And fall those sayings from that gentle tongue,
Where civil speech and soft persuasion hung.
4.
To be supported by something raised above the ground; as a hanging garden on the top of a house.
5.
To depend; to rest on something for support. This question hangs on a single point.
6.
To rest on by embracing; to cling to; as, to hang on the neck of a person.
Two infants hanging on her neck.
7.
To hover; to impend; with over.
View the dangers that hang over the country.
8.
To be delayed; to linger.
A noble stroke he lifted high,
Which hung not.
9.
To incline; to have a steep declivity; as hanging grounds.
10. To be executed by the halter.
Sir Balaam hangs.
To hang fire, in the military art, is to be slow in communicating, as fire in the pan of a gun to the charge.
To hang on, to adhere to, often as something troublesome and unwelcome.
A cheerful temper dissipates the apprehensions which hang on the timorous.
1.
To adhere obstinately; to be importunate.
2.
To rest; to reside; to continue.
3.
To be dependent on.
How wretched
Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors!
4.
In seamen's language, to hold fast without belaying; to pull forcibly.
To hang in doubt, to be in suspense, or in a state of uncertainty.
Thy life shall hang in doubt before thee. Deut.28.
hang together, to be closely united; to cling.
In the common cause we are all of a piece; we hang together.
1.
To be just united, so as barely to hold together.
To hang on or upon, to drag; to be incommodiously jointed.
Life hangs upon me and becomes a burden.
To hang to, to adhere closely; to cling.

HANG

,
Noun.
A sharp declivity.

Definition 2020


Hang

Hang

See also: hang, háng, hàng, Háng, hāng, häng, hǎng, and hạng

English

Noun

Hang

Hang (plural Hanghang)

  1. Name and trademark of a musical instrument invented and built by PANArt Hangbau AG.

Translations


German

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -aŋ

Noun

Hang m (genitive Hangs or Hanges, plural Hänge)

  1. slope, hill, hillside
  2. inclination; bias; a disposition, or liability towards something/someone.

Declension

hang

hang

See also: Hang, háng, hàng, Háng, hāng, häng, hǎng, and hạng

English

Verb

hang (third-person singular simple present hangs, present participle hanging, simple past and past participle hung or (archaic, legal) hanged)

  1. (intransitive) To be or remain suspended.
    The lights hung from the ceiling.
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter II:
      On the dark-green walls hung a series of eight engravings, portraits of early Victorian belles, clad in lace and tarletan ball dresses, clipped from an old Book of Beauty. Mrs. Bunting was very fond of these pictures; she thought they gave the drawing-room a note of elegance and refinement.
  2. (intransitive) To float, as if suspended.
    The smoke hung in the room.
  3. (intransitive, of a ball in cricket, tennis, etc.) To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of the ground.
  4. (transitive) To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect.
    He hung his head in shame.
  5. (transitive) To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger, or the like.
    Hang those lights from the ceiling.
    1611, Bible (KJV), Luke 17:1-2:
    It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
  6. (transitive, law) To execute (someone) by suspension from the neck.
    The culprits were hanged from the nearest tree.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, in The China Governess:
      ‘[…] There's every Staffordshire crime-piece ever made in this cabinet, and that's unique. The Van Hoyer Museum in New York hasn't that very rare second version of Maria Marten's Red Barn over there, nor the little Frederick George Manning—he was the criminal Dickens saw hanged on the roof of the gaol in Horsemonger Lane, by the way—’
  7. (intransitive, law) To be executed by suspension by one's neck from a gallows, a tree, or other raised bar, attached by a rope tied into a noose.
    You will hang for this, my friend.
  8. (intransitive, informal) To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.
    Are you busy, or can you hang with me? I didn't see anything, officer. I was just hanging.
  9. (transitive) To exhibit (an object) by hanging.
  10. (transitive) To apply (wallpaper or drywall to a wall).
    Let's hang this cute animal design in the nursery.
  11. (transitive) To decorate (something) with hanging objects.
    Let's hang the nursery with some new wallpaper.
  12. (intransitive, figuratively) To remain persistently in one's thoughts.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, Ch.X:
      Exploring, I found another short gallery running transversely to the first. This appeared to be devoted to minerals, and the sight of a block of sulphur set my mind running on gunpowder. But I could find no saltpeter; indeed no nitrates of any kind. Doubtless they had deliquesced ages ago. Yet the sulphur hung in my mind and set up a train of thinking.
  13. (transitive) To prevent from reaching a decision, especially by refusing to join in a verdict that must be unanimous.
    One obstinate juror can hang a jury.
  14. (intransitive, computing) To stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard and mouse.
    The computer has hung again. Not even pressing <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> works. When I push this button the program hangs.
  15. (transitive, computing) To cause (a program or computer) to stop responding.
    The program has a bug that can hang the system.
  16. (transitive, chess) To cause (a piece) to become vulnerable to capture.
    If you move there, you'll hang your queen rook.
  17. (intransitive, chess) To be vulnerable to capture.
    In this standard opening position White has to be careful because the pawn on e4 hangs.
  18. (transitive, baseball, slang) Of a pitcher, to throw a hittable off-speed pitch.
    • 2010, Peter Golenbock, Dynasty: The New York Yankees, 1949-1964, ISBN 0486477363, page 409
      McDougald then singled, and with a 3-2 count on Ellie Howard who was playing first base, Spahn hung a curve ball and Howard hit it over the wire fence in left field for a 4-4 tie.
Synonyms
Usage notes
  • Formerly, at least through the 16th century, the past tense of the transitive use of hang was hanged (see quote from King James Bible, above). This form is retained for the legal senses "to be executed by suspension from the neck" and "to execute by suspension from the neck" and hung for all other meanings. However, this rule is not uniformly understood or observed. Hung is sometimes substituted for hanged, which would be considered inappropriate in legal or other formal writing (for the applicable senses only) or, more rarely, vice versa. See also the etymology.
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

hang (plural hangs)

  1. The way in which something hangs.
    This skirt has a nice hang.
  2. (figuratively) A grip, understanding
    He got the hang of it after only two demonstrations
  3. (computing) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices.
    We sometimes get system hangs.
  4. A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From hang sangwich, Irish colloquial pronunciation of ham sandwich.

Noun

hang (uncountable)

  1. (Ireland, informal, derogatory) Cheap, processed ham (cured pork), often made specially for sandwiches.

Etymology 3

Noun

hang (plural hangs)

  1. Alternative spelling of Hang

Afrikaans

Etymology 1

From Dutch hangen.

Verb

hang (present hang, present participle hangende, past participle gehang)

  1. (transitive and intransitive) to hang

Etymology 2

From Dutch hang.

Noun

hang (plural hange)

  1. slope
Synonyms

Cebuano

Adjective

hang

  1. hot and spicy

Synonyms


Danish

Noun

hang c (singular definite hangen, not used in plural form)

  1. inclination or disposition towards something
    Manden har hang til raseri.
    The man is disposed towards rage.

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɑŋ
  • IPA(key): /ɦɑŋ/

Noun

hang c (plural hangen, diminutive hangetje n)

  1. A support for hanging objects, such as a nail for a picture frame
  2. A place to dry or smoke produce
  3. A tendency, knack

Related terms

Verb

hang

  1. first-person singular present indicative of hangen
  2. imperative of hangen

Hungarian

Etymology

From an unattested stem with the suffix + -g.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈhɒŋɡ]

Noun

hang (plural hangok)

  1. voice
    felemeli a hangját ― raise one's voice
  2. sound
    lépések hangja ― the sound of footsteps

Declension

Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative hang hangok
accusative hangot hangokat
dative hangnak hangoknak
instrumental hanggal hangokkal
causal-final hangért hangokért
translative hanggá hangokká
terminative hangig hangokig
essive-formal hangként hangokként
essive-modal
inessive hangban hangokban
superessive hangon hangokon
adessive hangnál hangoknál
illative hangba hangokba
sublative hangra hangokra
allative hanghoz hangokhoz
elative hangból hangokból
delative hangról hangokról
ablative hangtól hangoktól
Possessive forms of hang
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. hangom hangjaim
2nd person sing. hangod hangjaid
3rd person sing. hangja hangjai
1st person plural hangunk hangjaink
2nd person plural hangotok hangjaitok
3rd person plural hangjuk hangjaik

Derived terms

(Compound words):


Italian

Noun

hang m (invariable)

  1. (music) Hang

Mandarin

Romanization

hang

  1. Nonstandard spelling of hāng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of háng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of hǎng.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of hàng.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Norwegian Bokmål

Verb

hang

  1. simple past of henge (intransitive)