• WordNet 3.6
    • v dangle cause to dangle or hang freely "He dangled the ornaments from the Christmas tree"
    • v dangle hang freely "the ornaments dangled from the tree","The light dropped from the ceiling"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Babies dangling fishing net Babies dangling fishing net

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so that the stomach is dangling out of it's mouth. Then the frog uses its' forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
    • v. t Dangle To cause to dangle; to swing, as something suspended loosely; as, to dangle the feet. "And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume."
    • v. i Dangle dăṉ"g'l To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion. "He'd rather on a gibbet dangle Than miss his dear delight, to wrangle.""From her lifted hand Dangled a length of ribbon.""The Presbyterians, and other fanatics that dangle after them,
      are well inclined to pull down the present establishment."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • dangle To hang loosely; be suspended so as to be swayed be the wind or any slight force.
    • dangle Hence To dance attendance; hover longingly or importunately, as for notice or favors: used of persons, with about or after: as, to dangle about a woman; to dangle after a great man.
    • dangle To carry suspended so as to swing; hold up with a swaying motion.
    • n dangle One of the points, bobs, rings, or the like, that dangle from an object.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dangle dang′gl to hang loosely or with a swinging motion: to follow any one about
    • v.t Dangle to make to dangle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to Dan. dangle, dial. Sw. dangla, Dan. dingle, Sw. dingla, Icel. dingla,; perh. from E. ding,


In literature:

It certainly created a terrible commotion, and strings of the ants, two feet long, hung dangling from the nest.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
Dangling participles and absolute constructions should be shunned.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde
And I am to go about the world with Argus dangling at my breast.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
Stingaree's eye-glass dangled on its cord.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
Quintana's nervous grasp fell from his arms and they swung, dangling.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
They stoop down, they dangle their hands, and make frightful noises, beside singing to the Bear spirit.
"History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians" by George Mogridge
He threw the stirrup over the top of the saddle and fished under the now quiet horse for her dangling surcingle.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The tarpaulin dangled from his arm.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
A twig, snapped near the stem, dangled, its leaves brown and withered.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
It was not until after they had ridden several miles that they saw, dangling between two poles, the severed ends of the wire.
"The Boy Ranchers at Spur Creek" by Willard F. Baker

In poetry:

In pompous scales Free Will and Fate
Were placed, and poised, and dangled,
And riddles small from riddles great
Expertly disentangled.
"The Owl And The Lark" by Alfred Austin
like a nymph who received great Zeus.
The dangling earrings ring out at her ear;
but she lifts San Giorgio Maggiore
and smiles idly into that lovely thing.
"Venetian Morning" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lug you home over his fence, Tom Noddy,
Of thorn-sticks nine yards high,
With your bent knees strung round his old iron gun
And your head a dan-dangling by:
"Tit for Tat" by Walter de la Mare
Her head in her hand in his hand lay,
Her other arm was bent back up to where,
Dangling, there hung her helmet of shade,
Sundering the branches like a snare.
"Margarita" by Boris Pasternak
Here let her rest.
This is the room she loved best,
Under the rows Of books she used to read in the deep
Leather chair, her little toes
Dangling above the floor.
"Home" by Edith Mirick
I am a parcel of vain strivings tied
By a chance bond together,
Dangling this way and that, their links
Were made so loose and wide,
For milder weather.
"I Am A Parcel Of Vain Strivings Tied" by Henry David Thoreau

In news:

Crane dangling in New York City.
Who Will Pay For That Dangling Crane.
Sandy Shutters NYC, Sends Crane Dangling .
Felix Baumgartner leaped from a capsule dangling more than 120,000 feet above the Earth and safely landed in New Mexico, breaking a 52-year-old record.
Felix Baumgartner leaped from a capsule dangling more than 24 miles above the Earth and safely landed in New Mexico, breaking a 52-year-old record.
IN the famous self-portrait from 1927, Max Beckmann paints himself wearing a tuxedo, one hand on hip, a cigarette dangling from the other.
Giants, A's dangling, 49ers dazzling .
I've had several people ask about Dick and Jo Scott, whose Manhattan apartment is not far from the dangling crane on West 57th Street in New York City.
As he was lowered into the empty water tower to rescue a man dangling 60 feet above the ground, Robert Myers stayed focused on a fundamental principle: Don't look down.
Authorities in Oregon make a dramatic rescue of a man trapped inside a pickup truck that was dangling from an overpass today.
A dummy dangling from a noose in a yard across the street from an elementary school has some parents screaming bloody murder.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A shocking billboard in Las Vegas is coming down because it includes a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose.
This image shows a billboard with a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose near The Strip in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012.
Half-million-dollar fight dangled in front of Edwin Rodriguez.
So the civic-minded are becoming pitchmen for the bunny to take advantage of the freebies Google is dangling.

In science:

Indeed, in Fig. 12a we illustrate how a parity pro jection affects two qubits A and B : they become redundantly encoded, which is LU-equivalent to a graph state with qubit A gaining all of the neighbours of qubit B , whilst B becomes a dangling cherry with A as its only neighbour.
An introduction to one-way quantum computing in distributed architectures
This is routed to the shield of a BNC connector that is spliced into the thick 15-conductor cable whose center pin is likewise routed to a dangling SMA cable at the other end of the bundle.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
These “dangling boxes” correspond to the terms ( ˆp† ˆq |T † ) and (T † |ˆr† ˆs) and represent the initial and final state correlation effects present in h0| and |0i.
Formal Foundations of Dressed Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory for Many-Electron Excitations
As a consequence, ru les that create dangling edges are forbidden in the DPo approach while in SPo approach dangling edges are removed when the rule is applied.
Typed lambda-terms in categorical attributed graph transformation
This is so because they generate exactly 8 parallel goals, and there is one dangling goal to be finished.
Parallel Backtracking with Answer Memoing for Independent And-Parallelism