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Definition of Hang


  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.
  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.
  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.
  8. To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to remain; to stay.
  9. To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension.
  10. To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck.
  11. To hold for support; to depend; to cling; -- usually with on or upon; as, this question hangs on a single point.
  12. To be, or be like, a suspended weight.
  13. To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; -- usually with over; as, evils hang over the country.
  14. To lean or incline; to incline downward.
  15. To slope down; as, hanging grounds.
  16. To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to linger; to be delayed.
  17. The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is connected with, another; as, the hang of a scythe.
  18. Connection; arrangement; plan; as, the hang of a discourse.
  19. A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
  20. Of a ball: To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of ground.
  21. 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.
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Hang Translations

hang in Afrikaans is hang, ophang
hang in Dutch is hangen
hang in Finnish is riippua
hang in French is pendre, planement
hang in Italian is appiccare, vertere, pendere
hang in Latin is suspendo suspendi suspensum
hang in Norwegian is henge
hang in Portuguese is cair
hang in Spanish is colgar, ahorrar