Hang v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hanged ∨ Hung p. pr. & vb. n. Hanging. Usage: 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.]
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. --Shak.
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.
8. 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.
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, v. 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.”
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.”
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.
10. Cricket, Tennis, etc. Of a ball: To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of ground.
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.
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.]
n 1: 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" [syn: bent, knack]
2: the way a garment hangs; "he adjusted the hang of his coat"
3: a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal
bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is
supported by the arms
v 1: be suspended or hanging; "The flag hung on the wall"
2: cause to be hanging or suspended; "Hang that picture on the
wall" [syn: hang up]
3: kill by hanging; "The murdered was hanged on Friday" [syn: string
4: let drop or droop; "Hang one's head in shame"
5: fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her
long black hair flowed down her back" [syn: fall, flow]
6: be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive; "This worry hangs on
my mind"; "The cloud of suspicion hangs over her"
7: give heed (to); "The children in the audience attended the
recital quietly"; "She hung on his every word"; "They
attended to everything he said" [syn: attend, advert,
pay heed, give ear]
8: be suspended or poised; "Heavy fog hung over the valley"
9: hold on tightly or tenaciously; "hang on to your father's
hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron" [syn: cling]
10: be exhibited; "Picasso hangs in this new wing of the museum"
11: prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
12: decorate or furnish with something suspended; "Hang
13: be placed in position as by a hinge; "This cabinet door
doesn't hang right!"
14: place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement
in one direction; "hang a door"
15: of meat, in order to get a gamey taste; "hang the venison
for a few days"