Definitions of hinge

  1. To stand, depend, or turn, as on a hinge. To be off the hinges, to be in a state of disorder or irregularity.
  2. To furnish with a hinge; turn, as on a hinge; depend; hang.
  3. To attach by, or furnish with, hinges.
  4. To bend.
  5. To furnish with a hinge.
  6. To furnish with hinges: to bend.
  7. To stand, depend, hang, or turn, as on a hinge; to depend chiefly for a result or decision or for force and validity; - usually with on or upon; as, the argument hinges on this point.
  8. To turn or depend as on a hinge.
  9. To hang or turn as on a hinge:- pr. p. hinging; pa. p. hinged'.
  10. To turn; depend.
  11. To furnish with hinges.
  12. To furnish with hinges; to hang or depend.
  13. a circumstance upon which subsequent events depend; " his absence is the hinge of our plan"
  14. The hook with its eye, or the joint, on which a door, gate, lid, etc., turns or swings; a flexible piece, as a strip of leather, which serves as a joint to turn on.
  15. That on which anything turns or depends; a governing principle; a cardinal point or rule; as, this argument was the hinge on which the question turned.
  16. One of the four cardinal points, east, west, north, or south.
  17. The joints or hooks on which a door, gate, lid, etc., turn or swing; the joint of an oyster or similar shell; that on which anything depends or turns.
  18. The hook or joint on which a door or lid hangs: that on which anything depends or turns.
  19. Joint on which a door turns, & c.
  20. The hook or joint on which a door, gate, & c., turns; that on which anything depends or turns.
  21. The hook or joint on which a door, & c., turns or swings.
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