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.
1. Requiring, deserving, or foreboding death by the halter. “What a hanging face!”
2. Suspended from above; pendent; as, hanging shelves.
3. Adapted for sustaining a hanging object; as, the hanging post of a gate, the post which holds the hinges.
Hanging compass, a compass suspended so that the card may be read from beneath.
Hanging garden, a garden sustained at an artificial elevation by any means, as by the terraces at Babylon.
Hanging indentation. See under Indentation.
Hanging rail Arch., that rail of a door or casement to which hinges are attached.
Hanging side Mining, the overhanging side of an inclined or hading vein.
Hanging sleeves. (a) Strips of the same stuff as the gown, hanging down the back from the shoulders. (b) Loose, flowing sleeves.
Hanging stile. Arch. (a) That stile of a door to which hinges are secured. (b) That upright of a window frame to which casements are hinged, or in which the pulleys for sash windows are fastened.
Hanging wall Mining, the upper wall of inclined vein, or that which hangs over the miner's head when working in the vein.
1. The act of suspending anything; the state of being suspended.
2. Death by suspension; execution by a halter.
3. That which is hung as lining or drapery for the walls of a room, as tapestry, paper, etc., or to cover or drape a door or window; -- used chiefly in the plural.
Now purple hangings clothe the palace walls. --Dryden.
n 1: decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a
window; "the cold castle walls were covered with
hangings" [syn: wall hanging]
2: a form of capital punishment; victim is suspended by the
neck from a gallows or gibbet until dead; "in those days
the hanging of criminals was a public entertainment"
3: the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it
moves freely); "there was a small ceremony for the hanging
of the portrait" [syn: suspension, dangling]
(as a punishment), a mark of infamy inflicted on the dead bodies
of criminals (Deut. 21:23) rather than our modern mode of
punishment. Criminals were first strangled and then hanged (Nu.
25:4; Deut. 21:22). (See 2 Sam. 21:6 for the practice of the
Hanging (as a curtain). (1.) Heb. masak, (a) before the
entrance to the court of the tabernacle (Ex. 35:17); (b) before
the door of the tabernacle (26:36, 37); (c) before the entrance
to the most holy place, called "the veil of the covering"
(35:12; 39:34), as the word properly means.
(2.) Heb. kelaim, tapestry covering the walls of the
tabernacle (Ex. 27:9; 35:17; Num. 3:26) to the half of the
height of the wall (Ex. 27:18; comp. 26:16). These hangings were
fastened to pillars.
(3.) Heb. bottim (2 Kings 23:7), "hangings for the grove"
(R.V., "for the Asherah"); marg., instead of "hangings," has
"tents" or "houses." Such curtained structures for idolatrous
worship are also alluded to in Ezek. 16:16.