Last modified on 8 November 2014, at 21:48
See also: Hang, hāng, háng, hǎng, hàng, häng, and hạng

EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

A fusion of Old English hōn (to hang, be hanging) [intrans.] and hangian (to hang, cause to hang) [trans.]; also probably influenced by Old Norse hengja (suspend) and hanga (be suspended); all from Proto-Germanic *hanhaną (compare Dutch hangen, German hängen), from Proto-Indo-European *keng- (to waver, be in suspense) (compare Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌷𐌰𐌽 (hahan), Hittite gang- (to hang), Sanskrit [script needed] (sankate, wavers), Latin cunctari (to delay)) and Albanian çengë (a hook).

VerbEdit

hang (third-person singular simple present hangs, present participle hanging, simple past and past participle hung or (archaic, legal) hanged)

  1. (intransitive) To be or remain suspended.
    The lights hung from the ceiling.
  2. (intransitive) To float, as if suspended.
    The smoke hung in the room.
  3. (transitive) To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect.
    He hung his head in shame.
  4. (transitive) To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger, or the like.
    Hang those lights from the ceiling.
  5. (transitive, law) To execute (someone) by suspension from the neck.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘[…] There's every Staffordshire crime-piece ever made in this cabinet, and that's unique. The Van Hoyer Museum in New York hasn't that very rare second version of Maria Marten's Red Barn over there, nor the little Frederick George Manning—he was the criminal Dickens saw hanged on the roof of the gaol in Horsemonger Lane, by the way—’
    The culprits were hanged from the nearest tree.
  6. (intransitive, law) To be executed by suspension by one's neck from a gallows, a tree, or other raised bar, attached by a rope tied into a noose.
    You will hang for this, my friend.
  7. (intransitive, informal) To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.
    Are you busy, or can you hang with me?
    I didn't see anything, officer. I was just hanging.
  8. (transitive) To exhibit (an object) by hanging.
  9. (transitive) To apply (wallpaper or drywall to a wall).
    Let's hang this cute animal design in the nursery
  10. (transitive) To decorate (something) with hanging objects.
    Let's hang this cute animal in the nursery
  11. (intransitive, figuratively) To remain persistently in one's thoughts.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter X
      Exploring, I found another short gallery running transversely to the first. This appeared to be devoted to minerals, and the sight of a block of sulphur set my mind running on gunpowder. But I could find no saltpeter; indeed no nitrates of any kind. Doubtless they had deliquesced ages ago. Yet the sulphur hung in my mind and set up a train of thinking.
  12. (intransitive, computing) To stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard or mouse.
    The computer has hung again. Not even pressing <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> works.
    When I push this button the program hangs.
  13. (transitive, computing) To cause (a program or computer) to stop responding.
    The program has a bug that can hang the system.
  14. (transitive, chess) To cause (a piece) to become vulnerable to capture.
    If you move there, you'll hang your queen rook.
  15. (intransitive, chess) To be vulnerable to capture.
    In this standard opening position White has to be careful because the pawn on e4 hangs.
SynonymsEdit
Usage notesEdit
  • Formerly, at least through the 16th century, the past tense of the transitive use of hang was hanged. This form is retained for the legal senses "to be executed by suspension from the neck" and "to execute by suspension from the neck" and hung for all other meanings. However, this rule is not uniformly understood or observed. Hung is sometimes substituted for hanged, which would be considered inappropriate in legal or other formal writing (for the applicable senses only) or, more rarely, vice versa. See also the etymology – in Old English there were separate words for transitive (whence hanged) and intransitive (whence hung).
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit
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NounEdit

hang (plural hangs)

  1. The way in which something hangs.
    This skirt has a nice hang.
  2. (figuratively) A grip, understanding
    He got the hang of it after only two demonstrations
  3. (computing) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices.
    We sometimes get system hangs.
  4. A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From hang sangwich, Irish colloquial pronunciation of ham sandwich.

NounEdit

hang (uncountable)

  1. (Ireland, informal, derogatory) Cheap, processed ham (cured pork), often made specially for sandwiches.

Etymology 3Edit

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NounEdit

hang (plural hangs)

  1. Alternative spelling of Hang

AfrikaansEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Dutch hangen.

VerbEdit

hang (present hang, present participle hangende, past participle gehang)

  1. (transitive and intransitive) to hang

Etymology 2Edit

From Dutch hang.

NounEdit

hang (plural hange)

  1. slope
SynonymsEdit

DanishEdit

NounEdit

hang ? (singular definite [[{{{1}}}#Danish|{{{1}}}]], plural indefinite hang)

  1. slope

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hang c (plural hangen, diminutive hangetje n)

  1. A support for hanging objects, such as a nail for a picture frame
  2. A place to dry or smoke produce
  3. A tendency, knack

Related termsEdit

VerbEdit

hang

  1. first-person singular present indicative of hangen
  2. imperative of hangen

HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From an unattested stem with the suffix +‎ -g.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hang (plural hangok)

  1. voice
    felemeli a hangját - raise one's voice
  2. sound
    lépések hangja - the sound of footsteps

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

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ItalianEdit

NounEdit

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hang m (invariable)

  1. (music) Hang

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

hang

  1. Nonstandard spelling of hāng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of háng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of hǎng.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of hàng.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Norwegian BokmålEdit

VerbEdit

hang

  1. simple past of henge (intransitive)