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.
Hung imp. & p. p. of Hang.
Hung beef, the fleshy part of beef slightly salted and hung up to dry; dried beef.
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"
adj : (usually followed by `with' or used in a combining form)
having items suspended on or from a support; "walls
hung with valuable paintings"; "a vine-hung trellis"