hang

When you hang something, you dangle or suspend it. You can hang a piñata from a tree, hang a picture on the wall, or hang a wind chime on your porch.

People hang all kinds of things: washing on a clothesline, a rope swing over a lake, or a shower curtain in the bathroom. An artist also hangs an art show — meaning she installs it in a gallery or museum, and maybe literally hangs paintings on the wall. If your mouth hangs open, it gapes, and when fog hangs in the air, it rests there, suspended. Informally, you can "get the hang" of something, or figure it out through practice.

Primary Meanings of hang

1.
vn
cause to be hanging or suspended
a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is supported by the arms
2.
v
kill by hanging
3.
v
let drop or droop
4.
vn
fall or flow in a certain way
the way a garment hangs
5.
v
be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive
6.
v
give heed (to)
7.
v
hold on tightly or tenaciously
8.
v
prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
9.
n
a special way of doing something
Full Definitions of hang
1

v cause to be hanging or suspended

Hang that picture on the wall”
Synonyms:
hang up
Types:
suspend
hang freely
sling
hang loosely or freely; let swing
dangle
cause to dangle or hang freely
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

v decorate or furnish with something suspended

Hang wallpaper”
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

v place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction

hang a door”
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

v suspend (meat) in order to get a gamey taste

hang the venison for a few days”
Type of:
decompose, molder, moulder, rot
break down

v be suspended or hanging

“The flag hung on the wall”
Synonyms:
hang up
cause to be hanging or suspended
Types:
beetle, overhang
be suspended over or hang over
dangle, drop, swing
hang freely
droop, loll
hang loosely or laxly

v be suspended or poised

“Heavy fog hung over the valley”

v be exhibited

“Picasso hangs in this new wing of the museum”

v be placed in position as by a hinge

“This cabinet door doesn't hang right!”

n a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is supported by the arms

Types:
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bent hang
a hang performed with the elbows bent
inverted hang
a hang performed on the rings with the body upside down
lever hang
a hang performed on the rings with the body stationary in a horizontal position
reverse hang
a hang with the arms extended in back
straight hang
a hang performed on the rings or parallel bars with the body erect and the arms at the sides
piked reverse hang
a reverse hang performed on the rings
Type of:
gymnastic exercise
(gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance (usually performed with or on some gymnastic apparatus)
2

v kill by hanging

“The murderer was hanged on Friday”
Synonyms:
string up
Types:
halter
hang with a halter
gibbet
hang on an execution instrument
Type of:
execute, put to death
kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment
3

v let drop or droop

Hang one's head in shame”
Type of:
drop
let fall to the ground
4

v fall or flow in a certain way

“This dress hangs well”
Synonyms:
fall, flow

n the way a garment hangs

“he adjusted the hang of his coat”
Type of:
fit
the manner in which something fits
5

v be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive

“This worry hangs on my mind”
“The cloud of suspicion hangs over her”
Types:
brood, bulk large, hover, loom
hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
dominate, eclipse, overshadow
be greater in significance than
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
6

v give heed (to)

“She hung on his every word”
Synonyms:
advert, attend, give ear, pay heed
Types:
fixate
pay attention to exclusively and obsessively
Type of:
listen
hear with intention
7

v hold on tightly or tenaciously

hang on to your father's hands”
Synonyms:
cling
Type of:
grasp, hold on
hold firmly
8

v prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury

Type of:
block, blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
9

n a special way of doing something

“he couldn't get the hang of it”
Synonyms:
bent, knack
Type of:
endowment, gift, natural endowment, talent
natural abilities or qualities

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