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Noun: hanging  hang-(g)ing
  1. Decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window
    "the cold castle walls were covered with hangings";
    - wall hanging
  2. A form of capital punishment; victim is suspended by the neck from a gallows or gibbet until dead
    "in those days the hanging of criminals was a public entertainment"
  3. The act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely)
    "there was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait";
    - suspension, dangling
Verb: hang (hung,hanging,hangs)  hang
  1. Be suspended from above
    "The flag hung on the wall"
  2. Cause to be hanging or suspended
    "Hang that picture on the wall"; "hang up that picture on the wall";
    - hang up
  3. Let drop or droop
    "Hang one's head in shame"
  4. Fall or flow in a certain way
    "This dress hangs well";
    - fall, flow
  5. Be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive
    "This worry hangs on my mind"; "The cloud of suspicion hangs over her"
  6. Give heed (to)
    "She hung on his every word";
    - attend, advert [rare], pay heed, give ear
  7. Be suspended or poised
    "Heavy fog hung over the valley"
  8. Hold on tightly or tenaciously
    "hang on to your father's hands";
    - cling
  9. Be exhibited
    "Picasso hangs in this new wing of the museum"
  10. Prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
  11. Decorate or furnish with something suspended
    "Hang wallpaper"
  12. Be placed in position as by a hinge
    "This cabinet door doesn't hang right!"
  13. Place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction
    "hang a door"
  14. Suspend (meat) in order to get a gamey taste
    "hang the venison for a few days"
  15. (of a computer) stop responding to input devices such as keyboard or mouse
    "when I press return the computer hangs"
Verb: hang[2] (hanged,hanging,hangs)  hang
  1. Kill by hanging
    - string up

Derived forms: hangings

Type of: adorn, be, beautify, block, blockade, capital punishment, death penalty, decompose, decorate, decoration, drop, embarrass, embellish, execute, executing, execution, fasten, fix, grace, grasp, hinder, hold on, listen, molder [N. Amer], moulder [Brit, Cdn], obstruct, ornament, ornamentation, put to death, rot, secure, stymie, stymy [rare], support, supporting

Encyclopedia: Hanging, drawing and quartering