What does hang mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hang.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bent, knack, hang(noun)

    a special way of doing something

    "he had a bent for it"; "he had a special knack for getting into trouble"; "he couldn't get the hang of it"

  2. hang(noun)

    the way a garment hangs

    "he adjusted the hang of his coat"

  3. hang(verb)

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

  4. hang(verb)

    be suspended or hanging

    "The flag hung on the wall"

  5. hang, hang up(verb)

    cause to be hanging or suspended

    "Hang that picture on the wall"

  6. hang, string up(verb)

    kill by hanging

    "The murderer was hanged on Friday"

  7. hang(verb)

    let drop or droop

    "Hang one's head in shame"

  8. hang, fall, flow(verb)

    fall or flow in a certain way

    "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"

  9. hang(verb)

    be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive

    "This worry hangs on my mind"; "The cloud of suspicion hangs over her"

  10. attend, hang, advert, pay heed, give ear(verb)

    give heed (to)

    "The children in the audience attended the recital quietly"; "She hung on his every word"; "They attended to everything he said"

  11. hang(verb)

    be suspended or poised

    "Heavy fog hung over the valley"

  12. cling, hang(verb)

    hold on tightly or tenaciously

    "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron"

  13. hang(verb)

    be exhibited

    "Picasso hangs in this new wing of the museum"

  14. hang(verb)

    prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury

  15. hang(verb)

    decorate or furnish with something suspended

    "Hang wallpaper"

  16. hang(verb)

    be placed in position as by a hinge

    "This cabinet door doesn't hang right!"

  17. hang(verb)

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

    "hang a door"

  18. hang(verb)

    suspend (meat) in order to get a gamey taste

    "hang the venison for a few days"


  1. Hang(v. i.)

    (Baseball) to fail to curve, break, or drop as intended; -- said of pitches, such as curve balls or sliders.

  2. Hang(v. i.)

    (Computers) to cease to operate normally and remain suspended in some state without performing useful work; -- said of computer programs, computers, or individual processes within a program; as, when using Windows 3.1, my system would hang and need rebooting several times a day. this situation could be caused by bugs within an operating system or within a program, or incompatibility between programs or between programs and the hardware.


  1. Hang(Noun)

    Name and trademark of a musical instrument invented and built by PANArt Hangbau AG.

  2. Origin: From hang sangwich, Irish colloquial pronunciation of sandwich.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hang(verb)

    to suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without support from below; -- often used with up or out; as, to hang a coat on a hook; to hang up a sign; to hang out a banner

  2. Hang(verb)

    to fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon the point or points of suspension; -- said of a pendulum, a swing, a door, gate, etc

  3. Hang(verb)

    to fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its snath, or an ax to its helve

  4. Hang(verb)

    to put to death by suspending by the neck; -- a form of capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer

  5. Hang(verb)

    to cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with paper hangings; -- said of a wall, a room, etc

  6. Hang(verb)

    to paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room

  7. Hang(verb)

    to hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect; to droop; as, he hung his head in shame

  8. Hang(verb)

    to be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to remain; to stay

  9. Hang(verb)

    to be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension

  10. Hang(verb)

    to die or be put to death by suspension from the neck

  11. Hang(verb)

    to hold for support; to depend; to cling; -- usually with on or upon; as, this question hangs on a single point

  12. Hang(verb)

    to be, or be like, a suspended weight

  13. Hang(verb)

    to hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; -- usually with over; as, evils hang over the country

  14. Hang(verb)

    to lean or incline; to incline downward

  15. Hang(verb)

    to slope down; as, hanging grounds

  16. Hang(verb)

    to be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to linger; to be delayed

  17. Hang(noun)

    the manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is connected with, another; as, the hang of a scythe

  18. Hang(noun)

    connection; arrangement; plan; as, the hang of a discourse

  19. Hang(noun)

    a sharp or steep declivity or slope

  20. Origin: [OE. hangen, hongien, v. t. & i., AS. hangian, v. i., fr. hn, v. t. (imp. heng, p. p. hongen); akin to OS. hangn, v. i., D. hangen, v. t. & i., G. hangen, v. i, hngen, v. t., Icel. hanga, v. i., Goth. hhan, v. t. (imp. hahah), hhan, v. i. (imp. hahaida), and perh. to L. cunctari to delay. 37. ]


  1. Hang

    In computing, a hang or freeze occurs when either a single computer program or the whole system ceases to respond to inputs. In the most commonly encountered scenario, a workstation with a graphical user interface, all windows belonging to the frozen program become static, and though the mouse cursor still moves on the screen, neither typing on the keyboard nor clicking the mouse produces any effect in the program's windows. The mouse cursor may also be stuck in a form indicating that it is waiting for some operation to complete, such as an hourglass or a spinning wait cursor. Many modern operating systems provide the user with a means to terminate a hung program without rebooting or logging out. In more severe hangs affecting the whole system, no window belonging to any program will respond to keyboard or mouse input, and often the mouse cursor will freeze in place on the screen. Almost always, the only way to recover from a system freeze is to reboot the machine, usually by power cycling with an on/off or reset button. On Windows systems, if clicked on, a hanging program will gain "Not Responding" in parentheses on its top bar. A hang differs from a crash, in which a program exits abnormally or the operating system shuts down.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hang

    hang, v.t. to hook or fix to some high point: to suspend: to decorate with pictures, &c., as a wall: to put to death by suspending and choking.—v.i. to be hanging, so as to allow of free motion: to lean, or rest for support: to drag: to hover or impend: to be in suspense: to linger:—pr.p. hang′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. hanged or hung.—n. action of hanging, bending down, &c.: a declivity: mode in which anything hangs: a slackening of motion: a hanging mass (Not a hang, not a bit, not in the least).—n. Hangabil′ity.—adj. Hang′able, liable to be hanged: punishable by hanging.—n. Hang′-dog, a low fellow.—adj. like such a fellow, esp. in his sneaking look.—ns. Hang′er, that on which anything is hung: a short sword, curved near the point; Hang′er-on, one who hangs on or sticks to a person or place: an importunate acquaintance: a dependent.—adj. Hang′ing, deserving death by hanging.—n. death by the halter: that which is hung, as drapery, &c.:—used chiefly in pl.ns. Hang′ing-butt′ress, a buttress not standing solid on a foundation, but hanging or supported on a corbel; Hang′man, a public executioner; Hang′nail (see Agnail).—n.pl. Hang′-nests, a family of finch-like perching birds peculiar to America—often called American orioles, many weaving curious purse-like nests.—Hang back, to hesitate; Hang by a thread, to be in a very precarious position—from the sword of Damocles; Hang, draw, and quarter, to execute by hanging, cutting down while still alive, disembowelling, and cutting the body in pieces for exposure at different places; Hang fire, to be long in exploding or discharging, as a gun: to hesitate; Hang in doubt, to remain in a state of uncertainty; Hang in the balance, to be in doubt or suspense; Hang off, to let go, to hold off; Hang on, to cling to, to regard with admiration: to depend upon: to weigh down or oppress: to be importunate; Hang out (slang), to lodge or reside; Hang over, to project over; Hang together, to keep united; Hang up one's hat, to make one's self completely at home in a house. [A.S. hangian, causal form of hón, pa.t. heng, pa.p. hangen; Dut. and Ger. hangen, Goth. hahan.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. hang

    1. [very common] To wait for an event that will never occur. “The system is hanging because it can't read from the crashed drive”. See wedged, hung. 2. To wait for some event to occur; to hang around until something happens. “The program displays a menu and then hangs until you type a character.” Compare block. 3. To attach a peripheral device, esp. in the construction ‘hang off’: “We're going to hang another tape drive off the file server.” Implies a device attached with cables, rather than something that is strictly inside the machine's chassis.

Suggested Resources

  1. HANG

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hang' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4375

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hang' in Written Corpus Frequency: #784

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hang' in Verbs Frequency: #246


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hang in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hang in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry Ward Beecher:

    All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

  2. Czech Proverb:

    The big thieves hang the little ones.

  3. Mat Staver:

    They want her scalp to hang on the wall as a trophy.

  4. Charlie St. Clair:

    Some you might want to hang out with, some maybe not.

  5. Duke Ellington:

    ”No man, let her hang loose…!!! It`s great !!!”

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Translations for hang

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • علقArabic
  • вісе́ць, вешаць, паве́сіць, павісе́цьBelarusian
  • бе́ся, обе́ся, вися́Bulgarian
  • penjar-se, encallar-se, penjar, bloquejar, encallar, bloquejar-seCatalan, Valencian
  • viset, pověsit, svěsit, oběsitCzech
  • hængeDanish
  • ausstellen, aufhängen, hängte, hängen, herumgammeln, schmücken, herumhängen, herumlungern, henken, dekorieren, herumdrückenGerman
  • surhokigi, surglui, pendigi, ĉei, klini, frostigi, pendumiĝi, pendi, pendaĵizi, ŝvebi, pendumi, ornami, kroĉi, elmontri, umiEsperanto
  • ahorcar, colgarSpanish
  • دار زدن, به دار آویختن, آویزان شدنPersian
  • [[roikkua]] [[hirressä]], [[joutua]] [[uhatuksi]], hengailla, ripustaa, kaatua, roikuttaa, ripustella, roikkua, tapetoida, levyttää, [[olla]] [[uhattuna]], riippua, hirttää, kaataaFinnish
  • heingjaFaroese
  • peser, pendre, exposer, accrocher, traîner, suspendre, baisser, errer, laisser pendre, rôder, planer, orner, [[être]] [[suspendu]]French
  • crochScottish Gaelic
  • लटकानाHindi
  • felakaszt, akaszt, lógHungarian
  • pendarIdo
  • hangaIcelandic
  • bloccarsi, essere impiccato, appendere, pendere, impiccareItalian
  • 掛ける, 掛かるJapanese
  • 걸다Korean
  • pendō, sedeoLatin
  • whakawhata, whakairiMāori
  • бе́си, ви́си, о́бесиMacedonian
  • volhangen, ophangen, behangen, hangen, uithangen, vastlopen, zweven, laten, rondhangen, [[laten]] [[hangen]]Dutch
  • penjarOccitan
  • wieszać, powiesić, wisiećPolish
  • pendurar, inclinar, parar, pender, enforcar, andar, [[estar]] [[pendurado]], suspender, pairarPortuguese
  • araway, harawayQuechua
  • penderRomansh
  • spânzura, atârna, agățaRomanian
  • ве́шать, подве́сить, вывесить, повесить, повисе́ть, вешать, выставить, пове́сить, ошиваться, обвешивать, висеть, слоняться, выставлять, подвесить, висе́ть, обвешать, вывешиватьRussian
  • pendhereSardinian
  • обесити, objesiti, obesiti, visiti, објесити, виситиSerbo-Croatian
  • obesiť, vešať, visieťSlovak
  • obesiti, viseti, obešatiSlovene
  • hängaSwedish
  • ఉరితీయబడు, వేలాడదీయు, వేలాడు, ఉరితీయుTelugu
  • ві́шати, пові́сити, висі́тиUkrainian
  • treoVietnamese
  • הענגעןYiddish

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