4. 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." Peacham.
5. To be, or be like, a suspended weight.
Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden.Addison.
6. To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; usually with over; as, evils hang over the country.
7. To lean or incline; to incline downward.
To decide which way hung the victory.Milton.
His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder hung.Pope.
8. To slope down; as, hanging grounds.
9. To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to linger; to be delayed.
A noble stroke he lifted high,Milton. 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 To hang by the eyelids. (a) To hang by a very slight hold
or tenure. (b) 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, words, etc., to be charmed by eloquence.
To hang out. (a) To be hung out so as to be displayed; to project. (b) To be unyielding; as, the juryman
hangs out against an agreement. [Colloq.] To hang over. (a) To project at the top. (b) To impend
over. To hang to, to cling. To hang together. (a) To remain united; to stand by one another.
"We are all of a piece; we hang together." Dryden. (b) To be self- consistent; as, the story does not
hang together. [Colloq.] To hang upon. (a) To regard with passionate affection. (b) (Mil.) To
hover around; as, to hang upon the flanks of a retreating enemy.
Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell
On the proud crest of Satan.
1. The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is connected with, another; as, the hang of a
2. Connection; arrangement; plan; as, the hang of a discourse. [Colloq.]
3. 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"bird`) n. (Zoöl.) The Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula); so called because its nest is
suspended from the limb of a tree. See Baltimore oriole.
(Hang"-by`) n.; pl. Hang-bies A dependent; a hanger-on; so called in contempt. B. Jonson.
(Hang"dog`) n. A base, degraded person; a sneak; a gallows bird.
(Hang"dog`), a. Low; sneaking; ashamed.
The poor colonel went out of the room with a hangdog look.Thackeray.
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