Definition of Hanging

1. Noun. Decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window. "The cold castle walls were covered with hangings"

Exact synonyms: Wall Hanging
Generic synonyms: Decoration, Ornament, Ornamentation
Specialized synonyms: Dossal, Dossel, Kakemono, Lambrequin, Arras, Tapestry
Derivative terms: Hang, Hang, Hang

2. Noun. 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"
Generic synonyms: Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Executing, Execution
Derivative terms: Hang

3. Noun. The act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely). "There was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait"
Exact synonyms: Dangling, Suspension
Generic synonyms: Support, Supporting
Derivative terms: Dangle, Hang, Suspend, Suspend

Definition of Hanging

1. a. Requiring, deserving, or foreboding death by the halter.

2. n. The act of suspending anything; the state of being suspended.

Definition of Hanging

1. Verb. (present participle of hang) ¹

2. Adjective. Suspended. ¹

3. Noun. The act of hanging a person (or oneself) by the neck in order to execute that person (or to commit suicide). ¹

4. Noun. A public event at which a person is hanged. ¹

5. Noun. Anything wide, high and rather thin that is hung as a decorative element (such as curtains, gobelins, wallpaper or posters). ¹

6. Noun. The way in which hangings (decorations) are arranged. ¹

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Definition of Hanging

1. an execution by strangling with a suspended noose [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hanging

1. 1. Requiring, deserving, or foreboding death by the halter. "What a hanging face!" 2. Suspended from above; pendent; as, hanging shelves. 3. Adapted for sustaining a hanging object; as, the hanging post of a gate, the post which holds the hinges. Hanging compass, a compass suspended so that the card may be read from beneath. Hanging garden, a garden sustained at an artificial elevation by any means, as by the terraces at Babylon. Hanging indentation. See Indentation. Hanging rail, the upper wall of inclined vein, or that which hangs over the miner's head when working in the vein. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hanging

hanged, drawn and quartered
hanged by a thread
hanging (current term)
hanging-block culture
hanging about
hanging around
hanging ball
hanging basket
hanging by a thread
hanging chad
hanging chads
hanging drop
hanging drop slide
hanging fire
hanging fly
hanging geranium

Literary usage of Hanging

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1900)
"Anatomy of hanging. BY EDMUND W. HOLMES, AB, MD [Read March 14, 1900.] I hold here a sample of the knot and rope used in hanging. ..."

2. The Popular Science Monthly (1885)
"THE MECHANICS OF hanging. B* JAMES BAER, MD AS the subject of the mode of ... Having now briefly referred to the different modes of hanging •which have been ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1887)
"The author especially insists on attention being paid to the internal lesions of the neck, which are generally more associated with judicial hanging than ..."

4. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"Portion of a large hanging, embroidered with figures within medallions, ... 13-—Portion of a Bed-hanging, embroidered with flowering trees growing from ..."

5. Kato Texts by Pliny Earle Goddard (1910)
"Corn of all kinds, hanging above me, I say. 15. Plants of all kinds, hanging above me, I say. 16. Dark clouds, good and beautiful, hanging above me, I say. ..."

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