hang

Definitions

  • "'If you hang him, you shall hang me too.'"
    "'If you hang him, you shall hang me too.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hang suspend (meat) in order to get a gamey taste "hang the venison for a few days"
    • v hang hold on tightly or tenaciously "hang on to your father's hands","The child clung to his mother's apron"
    • v hang cause to be hanging or suspended "Hang that picture on the wall"
    • v hang place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction "hang a door"
    • v hang be placed in position as by a hinge "This cabinet door doesn't hang right!"
    • v hang be suspended or poised "Heavy fog hung over the valley"
    • v hang be suspended or hanging "The flag hung on the wall"
    • v hang fall or flow in a certain way "This dress hangs well","Her long black hair flowed down her back"
    • v hang decorate or furnish with something suspended "Hang wallpaper"
    • v hang let drop or droop "Hang one's head in shame"
    • v hang give heed (to) "The children in the audience attended the recital quietly","She hung on his every word","They attended to everything he said"
    • v hang kill by hanging "The murderer was hanged on Friday"
    • v hang prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
    • v hang be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive "This worry hangs on my mind","The cloud of suspicion hangs over her"
    • v hang be exhibited "Picasso hangs in this new wing of the museum"
    • n hang a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is supported by the arms
    • n hang the way a garment hangs "he adjusted the hang of his coat"
    • n hang a special way of doing something "he had a bent for it","he had a special knack for getting into trouble","he couldn't get the hang of it"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The bottle stood in the air as though hanging there." "The bottle stood in the air as though hanging there."
Sally hanging a sock on a line in the kitchen Sally hanging a sock on a line in the kitchen
The camel is laden with items, and two small children are in hanging bags on the side The camel is laden with items, and two small children are in hanging bags on the side
One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown...
A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise...
Hanging 1 Hanging 1
Why didn't you hang on to the favourite Why didn't you hang on to the favourite
THE EARTH AND MOON HANGING IN SPACE THE EARTH AND MOON HANGING IN SPACE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
    • Hang A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
    • Hang Connection; arrangement; plan; as, the hang of a discourse.
    • Hang (Cricket, Tennis, etc) Of a ball: To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of ground.
    • Hang The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is connected with, another; as, the hang of a scythe.
    • Hang To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension.
    • Hang To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to remain; to stay.
    • Hang 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."
    • Hang To be, or be like, a suspended weight. "Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden."
    • Hang (Computers) to cease to operate normally and remain suspended in some state without performing useful work; -- said of computer programs, computers, or individual processes within a program; as, when using Windows 3.1, my system would hang and need rebooting several times a day.
    • Hang 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.""And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils."
    • Hang To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck. "Sir Balaam hangs ."
    • Hang (Baseball) to fail to curve, break, or drop as intended; -- said of pitches, such as curve balls or sliders.
    • Hang 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.
    • Hang 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.
    • Hang 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."
    • Hang 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."
    • Hang To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; -- usually with over; as, evils hang over the country.
    • Hang To lean or incline; to incline downward. "To decide which way hung the victory.""His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder hung ."
    • Hang To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.
    • Hang To prevent from reaching a decision, esp. by refusing to join in a verdict that must be unanimous; as, one obstinate juror can hang a jury.
    • Hang To put to death by suspending by the neck; -- a form of capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer.
    • Hang To slope down; as, hanging grounds.
    • Hang 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The thing that hangs from the top of the beak of a turkey is called the snood
    • hang To fasten or attach so as to be supported from above and not from below; suspend.
    • hang To suspend by the neck or by the limbs to a gibbet or cross: a mode of capital punishment.
    • hang To suspend in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension: said of a door, a gate, a window-blind, and the like.
    • hang To cover, furnish, or decorate by anything suspended or attached: followed by with before the object suspended or attached: as, to hang a room with paper or lincrusta.
    • hang To bend or turn downward; hold in a drooping attitude: as, to hang the head.
    • hang To hold in a state of suspense or inaction; stop the movement or action of: as, to hang a jury. See phrase below.
    • hang To fasten the blade of to the handle at an angle: said of a scythe, a hoe, etc.
    • hang To get fast; catch.
    • hang To suspend in the open air, as washed clothes, to dry.
    • hang To hold in suspense; keep or suffer to remain undecided: as, to hang up a question in debate.
    • hang To be suspended; be supported or held in place, wholly or partly, by something above, as a curtain, or at one side, as a door; dangle; depend; droop: as, the door hangs badly; the folds of her shawl hung gracefully.
    • hang To be suspended by the neck; suffer death by hanging.
    • hang To bend forward or downward; lean or incline.
    • hang Hence To depend; be dependent upon or be supported by something else: with on or by: as, his life hangs on the judge's decision.
    • hang To hold fast; cling; adhere.
    • hang To hover; impend; be imminent.
    • hang To be in suspense; rest uncertainly; vacillate; waver; hesitate; falter: as, to hang between two opinions; to hang in doubt, or in the balance. See phrases below.
    • hang To be held in suspense; suffer check or delay.
    • hang To linger; loiter.
    • hang To slope; have a steep declivity; as, hanging grounds.
    • hang To come to a standstill; fail to agree: as, the jury hung, and the man got a new trial. Bartlett, Americanisms.
    • hang To balance: as, the gun hangs well.
    • hang An inverted or suspended fire-bridge in a steam-boiler furnace. It is sometimes hollow and connected with the water-space of the boiler.
    • hang Nautical, to be in a neglected or dilapidated condition, as a vessel whose rigging is uncared for, whose rope-ends are frayed, and on which everything is untidy.
    • hang To refuse or delay compliance; hang back; hold off.
    • hang To weigh upon; oppress.
    • hang To depend or rest upon; rely upon.
    • hang To regard with close attention or passionate admiration.
    • hang II. [On, adv.] To persist; be importunate; continue tediously: as, office-seekers hang on to the last; the lawsuit still hangs on.
    • hang Nautical, to hold fast without belaying.
    • hang To be consistent in details; agree in all parts: as, the story does not hang together.
    • n hang A slope or declivity; degree of slope or inclination: as, the hang of a roof or a terrace.
    • n hang The way in which a thing hangs: as, the hang of a skirt or of a curtain.
    • n hang In ship-building, the curvature of a plank concave on its lower edge when bent to the frame of a ship. If the curve is convex on the lower edge, it is called sny.
    • n hang Nautical, same as rake.
    • n hang A clump of weeds hanging together.
    • n hang A crop of fruit.
    • n hang General bent or tendency: as, the hang of a discourse.
    • n hang The mode in which one thing is connected with another, or in which one part of a thing is connected with another part: as, the hang of a scythe.
    • n hang The precise manner of doing or using something: as, to get the hang of a new implement; to lose the hang of it.
    • hang In cricket, to comefrom the pitch at a perceptibly decreased rate of speed: said of a ball bowled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Erwin, Tennessee an elephant was once hanged for murder.
    • v.t Hang hang to hook or fix to some high point: to suspend: to decorate with pictures, &c., as a wall: to put to death by suspending and choking
    • v.i Hang to be hanging, so as to allow of free motion: to lean, or rest for support: to drag: to hover or impend: to be in suspense: to linger:—pr.p. hang′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. hanged or hung
    • n Hang action of hanging, bending down, &c.: a declivity: mode in which anything hangs: a slackening of motion: a hanging mass (Not a hang, not a bit, not in the least)
    • adj Hang like such a fellow, esp. in his sneaking look
    • n Hang death by the halter: that which is hung, as drapery, &c.:—used chiefly in pl.ns. Hang′ing-butt′ress, a buttress not standing solid on a foundation, but hanging or supported on a corbel
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
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    “If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.”
  • Gaius Lucilius
    Gaius Lucilius
    “After spending some money in his sleep, Hermon the Miser who so infuriated that he hanged himself.”
  • Dan O'Brien
    Dan O'Brien
    “The only way to overcome is to hang in.”
  • Francis Bacon
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    “God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Never speak of a rope in the family of one who has been hanged.”

Idioms

Get the hang of it - When you get the hang of something, you are familiar with it and know how to do it.
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Hang by a thread - If something hangs by a thread, there is a very small chance indeed of it being successful or surviving.
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Hang in the balance - If an outcome is hanging in the balance, there are at least two possibilities and it is impossible to predict which will win out.
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Hang out to dry - If you hang someone out to dry, you abandon them when they are in trouble.
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Hang your hat on (something) - To depend on OR believe in something.
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Hanged for a sheep as a lamb - This is an expression meaning that if you are going to get into trouble for doing something, then you ought to stop worrying and should try to get everything you can before you get caught.
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Low-hanging fruit - Low-hanging fruit are things that are easily achieved.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.

Usage

In literature:

Hang it, parson, I wasn't the master of my own house, nor head of my own family!
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
The mob and the parliament would have been pleased to have seen him hanged.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Arachne, humiliated by the blow, and unable to avenge it, hanged herself in despair.
"Quilts" by Marie D. Webster
Over his left shoulder and under his right arm hang his powder-horn and bullet-pouch, with flint, steel, and other articles, in a bag.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
He asked me if I had a hanging in the piece.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
The game was still hanging fire.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
But it seemed to me that every answer tha gave was another strand in the rope which shall hang him.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The late moon was hanging low, red as an evening sun, over the hill to the south-east.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Why, hang it, Malcolm, don't take it like that.
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
It is a good thing for us that the cowardly tories hanged them, for every one hanged means a surer vengeance.
"The Hero of Ticonderoga" by John de Morgan
I'm hanged if I see why you want it.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Fortunately for him, everybody down the table was hanging on the talk at the head, so that no efforts in that direction were required of him.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Hang him that has nae shift, and hang him that has ower mony.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
A century later, another Abbot of St. Florent in Saumur had hangings made important enough to be recorded.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
Had my mirror hanging from a branch around by the shore.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
In the reign of Philip le Bel a provost of Paris dared to hang a scholar.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
It was thought that the public hanging of a pastor would put a stop to all further ministrations among the Huguenots.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
But you have never been hanged, and Michael won't be hanged.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
They mean to hang you, my brother; just as Fairfax Johnson was hanged.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
The court could find no law, however, upon which to hang him.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
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In poetry:

The night hangs pale above me
Upon her starry throne,
And I know the maid doth love me
Who maketh such sweet moan.
"The Mermaid" by Madison Julius Cawein
I hang my harp upon a tree,
A weeping willow in a lake;
I hang my silent harp there, wrung and snapped
For a dream's sake.
"Mirage" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Twice and again, but all in vain
He lifted up his wail;
His voice was all the pup could lift,
For thereby hangs this tale.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
'Ah! how wilt thou sustain a sky
With angry tempest red!
How wilt thou bear the bitter storm
That's hanging o'er thy head!
"A Tale" by John Logan
Is it for now or for always,
The world hangs on a stalk?
Is it a trick or a trysting-place,
The woods we have found to walk?
"Is It For Now Or For Always" by Philip Larkin
"Oh, hang me crew," the Captain cried,
"And scuttle of me ship.
If I'm the skipper, blarst me hide!
Ain't I supposed to skip?"
"The Dutiful Mariner" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

She's only been in New York for a few days, but Pippa Middleton is already hanging out with Manhattan's elite.
MUSIC Unable to resist a siren song with dark underpinnings, hanging low with heartbreak then taking you higher.
In sexual assault cases, like the one against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, outcomes often hang on the credibility of the accusers, who usually must testify, say legal experts.
We've had them ringing ballrooms and hanging atop hotel entrances.
(AP) — A war shirt worn by Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe that can be seen in a painting hanging in the Smithsonian Institution sold Saturday for $877,500 at auction, organizers said.
This little fella started hanging around our yard this spring.
Ellie Neary, of Bernhards Bay on the north shore of Oneida Lake, wrote me this week about a black chipmunk that's been hanging out lately around her bird feeder.
Chippy is quite the acrobat when it comes to jumping and hanging upside down for a meal.
Hanging over the counter behind Roberts is a stained glass sign which reads, "Family".
In the climax of the '80s flick Urban Cowboy, a duded-up John Travolta managed to hang onto a bucking mechanical bull for almost 30 seconds.
I'm the chick ya hear in the mornings hanging with Sky and bringing you the latest traffic reports with Traffic on Demand, now that's multi-tasking at it's best.
Zach Doney Invites You To His House For A Post-Show Hang.
Damp, soggy weather appears likely to hang around until early next week.
In this Sept 12, 2012 photo, red leaves hang from a tree in Greensboro, Vt.
The high-fashion Prabal Gurung (PRUH'-buhl goo-RUHNG') label will be hanging at Target Corp. Stores next February.
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In science:

Clapham, When a fabric hangs together, Bull.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
Enns, An efficient algorithm determining when a fabr ic hangs together, Geom.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
Hanging right off the end, we have the first detection of indium outside the solar system.
Astrophysics in 2006
One would like, of course, to know the turn-off mass of the youngest cluster that has at least one pulsar in it, but young clusters just don’t hang on to their pulsars.
Astrophysics in 2006
The idea of the experiment is to start with a box, filled with radiation, hanging stationary in the gravitational field (after a preliminary balancing procedure).
Complementarity in the Bohr-Einstein Photon Box
F.S.Z hang has tried to see a symmetry energy dependence of the threshold of collective flows, in particular the radial flow, in collisions at the Fermi energies.
Heavy Ion Dynamics and Neutron Stars
Moreover, many of them may be old, low luminosity stars hanging around the thick galactic disk or roaming through the galactic halo.
Testing tests on AGN microvariability
The main problem, however, occurs in remote conversations (e.g., via phone or IP voice system) with people they do not know because they frequently hang up their calls.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
Formally, we hang the trees by a labeled root Z , though because of a representational trick it is not necessary to include this in the computations.
Computational Tools for Evaluating Phylogenetic and Hierarchical Clustering Trees
The result is that some parts of the diagrams hang down below the earlier time and others are stacked up above the latter time.
Formal Foundations of Dressed Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory for Many-Electron Excitations
However the “hanging boxes” above and below the central Γ region now have the physical interpretation of initial and final state wave function correlation (Fig. 2).
Formal Foundations of Dressed Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory for Many-Electron Excitations
The algorithm can be viewed as a special case of a hierarchy summarization algorithm where the ordered keys are arranged as a hierarchy which is a long path with a single leaf hanging out of each path node.
Structure-Aware Sampling: Flexible and Accurate Summarization
Those results were interpreted by the authors of the experiment as evidence of the emergence of at least one E fimov state in the 133Cs three-atomic system as the magnetic field appropriately c hanges. A discussion and different interpretations of the experiment [83, 86] can be found in [79, 87].
The ^4He trimer as an Efimov system
Most recently, BH binaries with spins partially aligned with the orbital angular momentum but whose spin pro jections into the orbital plane still correspond to the superkick configurations have been found to result in even larger maximum recoils of up to ∼ 4 900 km/s [256, 257], so-called “hang-up kicks”.
Numerical simulations of black-hole binaries and gravitational wave emission
This mechanism has even been shown capable of efficient suppression of large recoil velocities in the case of the above mentioned hang-up kicks [289].
Numerical simulations of black-hole binaries and gravitational wave emission
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