Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hang \Hang\, v. i.
To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to remain; to stay.
To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension.
To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck. [R.] ``Sir Balaam hangs.''
To hold for support; to depend; to cling; -- usually with on or upon; as, this question hangs on a single point. ``Two infants hanging on her neck.''
To be, or be like, a suspended weight.
Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden.
To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; -- usually with over; as, evils hang over the country.
To lean or incline; to incline downward.
To decide which way hung the victory.
His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder hung.
To slope down; as, hanging grounds.
To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to linger; to be delayed.
A noble stroke he lifted high, Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell On the proud crest of Satan.
(Cricket, Tennis, etc.) Of a ball: To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of ground.
(Baseball) to fail to curve, break, or drop as intended; -- said of pitches, such as curve balls or sliders.
(Computers) to cease to operate normally and remain suspended in some state without performing useful work; -- said of computer programs, computers, or individual processes within a program; as, when using Windows 3.1, my system would hang and need rebooting several times a day. Note: this situation could be caused by bugs within an operating system or within a program, or incompatibility between programs or between programs and the hardware. To hang around, to loiter idly about. To hang back, to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant. ``If any one among you hangs back.'' --Jowett (Thucyd.). To hang by the eyelids.
To hang by a very slight hold or tenure.
To be in an unfinished condition; to be left incomplete. To hang in doubt, to be in suspense. To hang on (with the emphasis on the preposition), to keep hold; to hold fast; to stick; to be persistent, as a disease. To hang on the lips To hang on the words, etc., to be charmed by eloquence. To hang out.
To be hung out so as to be displayed; to project.
To be unyielding; as, the juryman hangs out against an agreement; to hold out. [Colloq.]
to loiter or lounge around a particular place; as, teenageers tend to hang out at the mall these days. To hang over.
To project at the top.
To impend over. To hang to, to cling. To hang together.
To remain united; to stand by one another. ``We are all of a piece; we hang together.''
To be self-consistent; as, the story does not hang together. [Colloq.] To hang upon.
To regard with passionate affection.
(Mil.) To hover around; as, to hang upon the flanks of a retreating enemy.
Hang \Hang\ (h[a^]ng), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hanged (h[a^]ngd) or Hung (h[u^]ng); 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.] [OE. hangen, hongien, v. t. & i., AS. hangian, v. i., fr. h[=o]n, v. t. (imp. heng, p. p. hongen); akin to OS. hang[=o]n, v. i., D. hangen, v. t. & i., G. hangen, v. i, h["a]ngen, v. t., Icel. hanga, v. i., Goth. h[=a]han, v. t. (imp. ha['i]hah), h[=a]han, v. i. (imp. hahaida), and perh. to L. cunctari to delay. [root]37. ]
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.
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.
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.]
To put to death by suspending by the neck; -- a form of capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer.
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.
And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils.
To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.
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.
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.
Hang \Hang\, n.
The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is connected with, another; as, the hang of a scythe.
Connection; arrangement; plan; as, the hang of a discourse. [Colloq.]
A sharp or steep declivity or slope. [Colloq.]
To get the hang of, to learn the method or arrangement of; hence, to become accustomed to. [Colloq.]
Hang may refer to:
- Hanging, a form of capital punishment
- "Hang", a song by Avail from their 1996 album 4am Friday
- Hang (computing), a computer malfunction
- Hang (instrument), a musical instrument
- Hanging (meat), a form of beef aging
- Hanging craft, a decorative or symbolic hanging object
- Hanging scroll, a type of decorative art
- Hanging topic, a concept in the information structure of a sentence
- Hang (Lagwagon album), an album by the punk band Lagwagon
Hang (Lagwagon album)
Hang is Lagwagon's eighth studio album. It is their first in 9 years, the last one was Resolve, released in 2005. The song "Drag" was originally released in 2011 in an acoustic version on frontman Joey Cape's solo album Doesn't Play Well with Others.
The Hang (, plural form: Hanghang) is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland. The name of their company is PANArt Hangbau AG. The Hang is sometimes referred to as a hang drum, but the inventors consider this a misnomer and strongly discourage its use.
The instrument is constructed from two half-shells of deep drawn, nitrided steel sheet glued together at the rim leaving the inside hollow and creating a distinct 'UFO shape'. The top ("Ding") side has a center 'note' hammered into it and seven or eight 'tone fields' hammered around the center. The bottom ("Gu") is a plain surface that has a rolled hole in the center with a tuned note that can be created when the rim is struck.
The Hang uses some of the same basic physical principles as a steelpan, but modified in such a way as to act as a Helmholtz resonator. The creation of the Hang was the result of many years of research on the steelpan and other instruments. The inventors of the Hang have continued to refine the shape and materials and have produced several variations over the years.
The name Hang comes from the Bernese German word for hand. It is a registered trademark and property of PANArt Hangbau AG.
In computing, a hang or freeze occurs when either a computer program or system ceases to respond to inputs. A typical example is a graphical user interface that no longer responds to the user's keyboard or mouse, but the term covers a wide range of behaviors in both clients and servers, and is not limited to graphical user interface issues.
Hangs have varied causes and symptoms, including software or hardware defects, such as an infinite loop or long-running uninterruptible computation, resource exhaustion ( thrashing), under-performing hardware ( throttling), external events such as a slow computer network, misconfiguration, and compatibility problems. The fundamental reason is typically resource exhaustion: resources necessary for some part of the system to run are not available, due to being in use by other processes or simply insufficient. Often the cause is an interaction of multiple factors, making "hang" a loose umbrella term rather than a technical one.
A hang may be temporary if caused by a condition that resolves itself, such as slow hardware, or it may be permanent and require manual intervention, as in the case of a hardware or software logic error. Many modern operating systems provide the user with a means to forcibly terminate a hung program without rebooting or logging out; some operating systems, such as those designed for mobile devices, may even do this automatically. In more severe hangs affecting the whole system, the only solution might be to reboot the machine, usually by power cycling with an on/off or reset button.
A hang differs from a crash, in which the failure is immediate and unrelated to the responsiveness of inputs.
Etymology 1 n. 1 The way in which something hangs. 2 (context figuratively English) A grip, understanding 3 (context computing English) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices. 4 A sharp or steep declivity or slope. vb. 1 (lb en intransitive) To be or remain suspended. 2 (lb en intransitive) To float, as if suspended. 3 (cx intransitive of a ball in cricket, tennis, etc. English) To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of the ground. 4 (lb en transitive) To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect. 5 (lb en transitive) To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger(,) or the like. 6 (lb en transitive legal) To execute (someone) by suspension from the neck. Etymology 2
n. (context Ireland informal derogatory English) Cheap, processed ham (cured pork), often made specially for sandwiches. Etymology 3
n. (alternative spelling of Hang English)
the way a garment hangs; "he adjusted the hang of his coat"
a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is supported by the arms
v. be suspended or hanging; "The flag hung on the wall"
cause to be hanging or suspended; "Hang that picture on the wall" [syn: hang up]
kill by hanging; "The murdered was hanged on Friday" [syn: string up]
let drop or droop; "Hang one's head in shame"
be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive; "This worry hangs on my mind"; "The cloud of suspicion hangs over her"
be suspended or poised; "Heavy fog hung over the valley"
hold on tightly or tenaciously; "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron" [syn: cling]
be exhibited; "Picasso hangs in this new wing of the museum"
prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
decorate or furnish with something suspended; "Hang wallpaper"
be placed in position as by a hinge; "This cabinet door doesn't hang right!"
place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction; "hang a door"
of meat, in order to get a gamey taste; "hang the venison for a few days"
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 15c., "a sling," from hang (v.). Meaning "a curtain" is from c.1500; that of "the way cloth hangs" is from 1797. To get the hang of (something) "become capable" is from 1834, American English. Perhaps originally in reference to a certain tool or feat, but, if so, its origin has been forgotten. It doesn't seem to have been originally associated with drapery or any other special use of hang.\n\n'To get the hang of a thing,' is to get the knack, or habitual facility of doing it well. A low expression frequently heard among us. In the Craven Dialect of England is the word hank, a habit; from which this word hang may perhaps be derived.
[John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," New York, 1848]
a fusion of Old English hon "suspend" (transitive, class VII strong verb; past tense heng, past participle hangen), and Old English hangian (weak, intransitive, past tense hangode) "be suspended;" also probably influenced by Old Norse hengja "suspend," and hanga "be suspended." All from Proto-Germanic *hangen (intransitive) "to hang" (cognates: Old Frisian hangia, Dutch hangen, German hängen), from PIE *konk- "to hang" (cognates: Gothic hahan, Hittite gang- "to hang," Sanskrit sankate "wavers," Latin cunctari "to delay;" see also second element in Stonehenge). As a method of execution, in late Old English (but originally specifically of crucifixion).\n
\nHung emerged as past participle 16c. in northern England dialect, and hanged endured only in legal language (which tends to be conservative) and metaphors extended from it (I'll be hanged). Teen slang sense of "spend time" first recorded 1951; hang around "idle, loiter" is from 1830, and hang out (v.) is from 1811. Hang fire (1781) was originally used of guns that were slow in communicating the fire through the vent to the charge. To let it all hang out "be relaxed and uninhibited" is from 1967.
Usage examples of "hang".
CHAPTER 12 Winter Amidst of the Mountains In all this they had enough to be busy with, so that time hung not heavy on their hands, and the shadow of the Quest was nowise burdensome to them, since they wotted that they had to abide the wearing of the days till spring was come with fresh tidings.
There were no accusations, no questions, instead they simply walked out of the ablutions and left him hanging there.
This is very cheap, and it is a great abridgment of the sacred right of self-government to hang men for engaging in this profitable trade.
Gagged, tied and hanging naked by her ankles, Lynda Gough was abused sexually by both Frederick and Rosemary West.
One tape, in particular, featured a young girl hung up by her arms from a beam in a cellar and abused by two men, one black, one white, while she is helpless.
Tim had always found himself especially attuned to the deserted charms of Candie Gardens in winter, enjoying the bare traceries of the trees and the widened harbour view, the few points of colour against the monochrome background - the red and pink of the camellias near the top gate, the hanging yellow bells of the winter-flowering abutilon with their red clappers, even the iridescence of the mallard drake circling the largest of the ponds with his speckled mate.
The enlarged flyby surveillance photograph hanging on the wall showed in grainy black and white the cabin and its grounds, including the wide, elevated back porch on which Glenn Abies could be seen standing, small but unmistakable, giving the helicopter the finger.
Vuitton clutch hung from her elbow and she pushed an expensive Bertini stroller accessorized with an infant whose blond hair matched her own.
Clouds of war hung over Achar, and in times such as these, haste was called for.
Warped into adamantine fretwork, hung And filled with frozen light the chasms below.
Rhys did not like Addis much, and the tension over Moira still hung between them.
After all it is an easy enough matter for an adventurous man, who does not look where he is going, to get hanged for a mere trifle.
As the Afanc approached, hanging its head in embarrassment, he schooled his features to sobriety and nodded in greeting to the gigantic lake-dweller.
All Aga had come back that same day with his tongue hanging out and had brought the news.
Without the interfering strands hanging in her eyes she was better able to see to her task and her fingers moved with agile speed and efficiency even though the blood continued to ooze, though with much less frequency as the wound was stitched closed.