hanger

Definitions

  • Selborne from the Hanger
    Selborne from the Hanger
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hanger anything from which something can be hung
    • n hanger a worker who hangs something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1902, the coat hanger was invented Albert Parkhouse who was frustrated at the lack of hooks available to hang up his coat at work. His company thought it was a good idea and patented the invention and unfortunately, Parkhouse never received any money for his idea
    • Hanger A bridle iron.
    • Hanger A part that suspends a journal box in which shafting runs. See Illust. of Countershaft.
    • Hanger A steep, wooded declivity.
    • Hanger A strap hung to the girdle, by which a dagger or sword is suspended.
    • Hanger One who hangs, or causes to be hanged; a hangman.
    • Hanger That by which a thing is suspended.
    • Hanger That which hangs or is suspended, as a sword worn at the side; especially, in the 18th century, a short, curved sword.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Average length of a coat hanger when straightened: 44 inches.
    • n hanger One who hangs anything; one whose occupation is to hang something: as, a bell-hanger; a paper-hanger.
    • n hanger One who hangs persons, or inflicts the penalty of hanging; a hangman.
    • n hanger That which hangs or is suspended; specifically, a hanging or sloping wood or grove.
    • n hanger A short cut-and-thrust sword, especially one worn by seamen and travelers.
    • n hanger That from which something is hung or suspended.
    • n hanger Specifically — A support for a line of shafting, consisting of a box for holding the shafting, an oiling device, etc., and supported by a bracket, by arms fixed to the ceiling, or on legs which rest on the floor. The term includes the whole apparatus, supports and all, whatever their shape.
    • n hanger The lower part of the heddle of a loom.
    • n hanger A chain or bent rod on which a pot or kettle is hung in the open fireplace of old-fashioned kitchens, by means of the pothook: hence used humorously in the phrase pothooks and hangers, the characters made by children in their first attempts to write.
    • n hanger The arrangement of straps by which, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the rapier was hung from the belt: an appendage often made elaborate and ornamental.
    • n hanger In tailoring, the loop or strap by which a coat or other garment is hung on a peg.
    • n hanger In lace-making, one of those bobbins which lie straight down the cushion, as distinguished from the worker-bobbins, which are moved from side to side.
    • n hanger The great seaweed, Laminaria digitata. The stem is woody, from 2 to 6 feet in length and from half an inch to nearly 2 inches in diameter. The frond is 6 or 8 feet in length and 2 feet broad, and olivaceous brown in color. When young the stems are sometimes eaten. It was once largely used in the manufacture of glass, supplying the alkali, but has now been superseded. It is also used for making handles for knives, for fuel, and for manure by the Highlanders. Also called tangle, sea-girdle, sea-staff, and sea-wand. See Laminaria.
    • n hanger A vat in which skins are tanned by being suspended in the liquor.
    • n hanger A long loop or looped rod which hangs from a transverse beam attached to a foundry crane, and which receives the trunnions of a molding-flask slung therefrom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In "Cliff Hanger" when the girl is dangling off Stallone’s arm, the camera flashes to the chopper and the old man in the picture is laughing.
    • ns Hanger that on which anything is hung: a short sword, curved near the point
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Idioms

Crepe hanger - (USA) One who always looks at the bad side of things and is morbid or gloomy. In olden days crepe was hung on the door of a deceased person's home.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hangian, causal form of hón, pa.t. heng, pa.p. hangen; Dut. and Ger. hangen, Goth. hahan.

Usage

In literature:

They are hangers-on of the mission, occasionally employed by the padres in procuring venison and other game.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
The oak trees and the birches put on little glad-hangers, like pennants on a gala ship.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Gay, as a poet, was respectable, but poor, unfortunate, a hanger on of great people, and miserably paid for his sycophancy.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The present second coxswain of the same lifeboat, E. Hanger, was struck down after a rescue by pneumonia.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
The hangers-on about the place pat their hands and stamp and shout.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
To appease at once my hanger, in a fatal moment I retraced my steps.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
As far as we know or care, angels left them on the hangers behind the mirrored sliding doors.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
There are in use too many kinds of hangers to explain or describe them here.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Two Paper-Hangers who were out of Work acted as his Trainers.
"Fables in Slang" by George Ade
One was a paper-hanger.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
The trackers down, the hangers-on, the persecutors, the pursuers.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Also, a knowing and eccentric hanger-on; one who will not move faster than he pleases.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
That's the sense of it; but I hate the hanger-on position it keeps him in.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Betty Rice is not the only one of these hangers-on.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
I thought he was all pothooks and hangers at one time; but he can't be as bad as that.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
She was kind of a hanger-on, Cornelia was, you see, and she was used to going where she was sent.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
He had not so much as a hanger by his side, carrying only a stout oak walking-staff.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
It may be very profitable to the local politicians and their hangers-on.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
Nearly every man carried a wicked-looking hanger at his side and most had one or two pistols tucked into waistband or holster.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Barra put the jewel-tipped rod back in its hanger.
"The Weakling" by Everett B. Cole
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In poetry:

'Twould blow like this through holt and hanger
When Uricon the city stood;
'Tis the old wind in the old anger,
But then it threshed another wood.
"XXXI: Wenlock Edge" by A E Housman
Then old Bill, gathering up his pile,
Said, "Come up now, boys, and have a smile,"
And the hangers-on came up and drank.
And then he hastened off to the bank.
"Bill Springer's Hand" by Frank Maynard
Now shortly after the groomb
His master's oss did take up,
There came a livery-man
This gentleman to wake up;
And he handed in a little bill,
Which hangered Mr. Jacob.
"Jacob Homnium’s Hoss" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Picture hangers get the job done.
John Hanger , Democratic candidate for Pa, Governor.
John Hanger launched his campaign Wednesday in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market.
John Hanger also served on the PUC.
Hanger 's campaign said Monday he'll kick off his bid for the Democratic nomination at news conferences Wednesday in Philadelphia and Harrisburg and Thursday in Pittsburgh.
The 55-year-old Hanger says his campaign will focus on education, jobs, energy and the environment.
Publisher's ink: Fiscal cliff- hanger looms as parties posture.
Hook Hanger for Your Rod.
Hanger prosthetists Dan Strzempka, left, and Kevin Carroll with Winterís prosthetic tail.
John H 'Jack' Ruen Jr, Cleaners Hanger Co.
Borough assembly election a cliff hanger .
Tiffany & Co Afgestudeerd Bead Drop Hanger .
Tune Me In and Paco Lopez take the Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Vanasse Hanger 64 Brustlin Inc. Vermont Public Radio.
For the 250 miles of testing we witnessed, Durability got four flat tires and broke a rear exhaust hanger, and the alignment was knocked out of whack.
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In science:

This cluster was first described by the Persian astronomer Al Sufi (903-986) in the 10th century and is nowadays often referred to as Brocchi‘s Cluster (108) or the Coat Hanger due to its distinctive appearance.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
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