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Dictionary Definition



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


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 up]
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 wallpaper"
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" [also: hung]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • hăng, /heɪŋ/, /h

Extensive Definition

The word hang or hanging can mean:
  • As in: "hang on a second also" and similar = "wait a second"
  • Hanging, a form of capital punishment.
  • Hang (musical instrument), a metallic drum.
  • "Hang", a song by Avail from their 1996 album 4am Friday
  • hang (computing), a computer malfunction.
  • Wall hanging, which currently redirects but has broader meanings
  • To "hang up" means to disconnect a telephone call.
  • "Hang up my X" can mean "stop doing Y", where X is a characteristic kit item used in the sport or work occupation Y, e.g. "It's time I hung up my fins" may mean "Due to advancing old age I should stop scuba diving"

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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