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Definitions of hanging

  1. 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"
  2. decoration that is hung ( as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window; " the cold castle walls were covered with hangings"
  3. of Hang
  4. Requiring, deserving, or foreboding death by the halter.
  5. Suspended from above; pendent; as, hanging shelves.
  6. Adapted for sustaining a hanging object; as, the hanging post of a gate, the post which holds the hinges.
  7. The act of suspending anything; the state of being suspended.
  8. Death by suspension; execution by a halter.
  9. 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.
  10. Dangling; suggesting or involving death as a criminal.
  11. The act of putting to death by hanging.
  12. Deserving death by hanging.
  13. Death by the halter: that which is hung, as drapery, etc.:- used chiefly in pl.
  14. The act of suspending; execution on the gallows.
  15. Drapery for a room, as tapestry.
  16. Foreboding death by the halter; deserving the halter.
  17. Death by the halter; drapery hung on the walls of a room; display; exhibition. Hanging gardens, gardens in terraces, rising behind one another. Hanging- guard, a defensive position in broadsword exercise. Hanging- sleeves, strips of the same stuff with the gown, hanging down the back of the shoulders. Hanging- valre, a tiap of metal hanging down from a hinge, common in rotary steamengines and pumps.
  18. Death by a halter.
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Usage examples for hanging

  1. He was tall and rather slight, and wore his thick yellow hair hanging to his shoulders, where it was cut square across, after the manner of the times. – Men of Iron by Ernie Howard Pyle
  2. To have such a man as that hanging about. – The Prelude to Adventure by Hugh Walpole
  3. He's hanging on a rope!" – The Story of a Stuffed Elephant by Laura Lee Hope
  4. She was always hanging about the place. – For the Sake of the School by Angela Brazil
  5. I won't have you hanging about my house unless I know the reason why. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  6. She looked at him, half smiling, half hanging her head. – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  7. I know that the lawyer of Close's has been keeping this thing hanging over your head for a long time. – Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3 by Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds
  8. We shall have it hanging over us for months, until the trial comes on; and then we shall have to go through it all again. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  9. His head hanging over- like this!" – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  10. That is, indeed, worse than hanging. – The History of London by Walter Besant
  11. Life and death to me were hanging on the first glance I should win; yet I let it be so. – Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor by R. D. Blackmore
  12. " Rather," answered Lucien, hanging down his head. – Adventures of a Young Naturalist by Lucien Biart
  13. A party of about six mounted men are hanging on my rear. – On the Heels of De Wet by The Intelligence Officer
  14. The man that had been hanging from the tree was there no longer. – The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
  15. " Yes; and she's hanging about to find us," said the captain. – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  16. It was no fault of mine that Blanche had been hanging over my chair. – The Betrayal by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  17. She remained there with him, hanging over him and helping to take care of him- and there wasn't a thing said about any marriage- ceremony. – The Last Woman by Ross Beeckman
  18. At last he said in a low voice, hanging his head: " I'll accept your terms." – Viviette by William J. Locke
  19. " Try him with half hanging," said the other officer, speaking for the first time. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
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