What does hanging mean?

Definitions for hanging
ˈhæŋ ɪŋhang·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hanging, wall hangingnoun

    decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window

    "the cold castle walls were covered with hangings"

  2. hangingnoun

    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. suspension, dangling, hangingnoun

    the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely)

    "there was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait"


  1. hangingnoun

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

  2. hangingnoun

    A public event at which a person is hanged.

    The hanging of the bandits was attended by the whole village.

  3. hangingnoun

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

    The various hangings on that Christmas tree look nice.

  4. hangingnoun

    The way in which hangings (decorations) are arranged.

    I dislike the cramped hanging in the gallery of 18th century painters.

  5. hangingadjective


    The hanging vines made the house look older than it was.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hangingnoun

    Drapery hung or fastened against the walls of rooms by way of ornament.

    Etymology: from hang.

    A storm, or robbery, call it what you will,
    Shook down my mellow hangings, nay, my leaves,
    And left me bare to weather. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Like rich hangings in an homely house,
    So was his will in his old feeble body. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Being informed that his breakfast was ready, he drew towards the door, where the hangings were held up. Edward Hyde.

    Now purple hangings cloath the palace walls,
    And sumptuous feasts are made in splendid halls. Dryden.

    Lucas Van Leyden has infected all Europe with his designs for tapestry, which, by the ignorant, are called ancient hangings. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Rome oft has heard a cross haranguing,
    With prompting priest behind the hanging. Matthew Prior.

  2. Hangingparticipial adj.

    Etymology: from hang.

    Surely, sir, a good favour you have; but that you have a hanging look. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    What Ethiops lips he has!
    How foul a snout, and what a hanging face! John Dryden, Juven.


  1. Hanging

    Hanging is killing a person by suspending them from the neck with a noose or ligature. Hanging has been a common method of capital punishment since medieval times, and is the primary execution method in numerous countries and regions. The first known account of execution by hanging is in Homer's Odyssey. Hanging is also a method of suicide. The past and past participle of hang in this sense is hanged rather than hung.


  1. hanging

    Hanging typically refers to the act of attaching an object, such as a person's body or an object, from a support point (such as a rope, noose, or hook) so that it remains suspended in the air. It is commonly associated with causing death or injury by placing pressure on the neck, cutting off oxygen supply to the brain. However, hanging can also refer to suspending objects for various purposes, such as decorations or storage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hanging

    of Hang

  2. Hangingadjective

    requiring, deserving, or foreboding death by the halter

  3. Hangingadjective

    suspended from above; pendent; as, hanging shelves

  4. Hangingadjective

    adapted for sustaining a hanging object; as, the hanging post of a gate, the post which holds the hinges

  5. Hangingnoun

    the act of suspending anything; the state of being suspended

  6. Hangingnoun

    death by suspension; execution by a halter

  7. Hangingnoun

    that which is hung as lining or drapery for the walls of a room, as tapestry, paper, etc., or to cover or drape a door or window; -- used chiefly in the plural


  1. Hanging

    Hanging is the suspension of a person by a ligature. The Oxford English Dictionary states that hanging in this sense is "specifically to put to death by suspension by the neck", though it formerly also referred to crucifixion and death by impalement in which the body would remain "hanging". Hanging has been a common method of capital punishment since medieval times, and is the official execution method in many countries and regions today. Hanging oneself describes a method of suicide in which a person applies a ligature to the neck and brings about unconsciousness and then death, by means of partial suspension or partial weight-bearing on the ligature. This method has been most often used in prisons or other institutions, where full suspension support is difficult to devise. The earliest known use of the word in this sense was in A.D. 1300.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hanging

    A word expressive of anything declining in the middle part below a straight line, as the hanging of a deck or a sheer. Also, when a ship is difficult to be removed from the stocks, or in manœuvre.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hanging' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4215

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hanging' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2412

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hanging in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hanging in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of hanging in a Sentence

  1. Jenny Cudd:

    All we need is one public hanging, and then people will start acting right -- kind of like it would be useful if we still had the firing squad for the death penalty, we shall see if there will be a public hanging in our future because it is still considered a valid form of death for treason.

  2. Wassam Waheed:

    When the judicial magistrate came to the hanging, these guys tried to make him (Basit) stand at the gallows ... it wasn't possible, so the magistrate postponed the hanging.

  3. Anthony Furtado:

    I opened the cottage door, put the light on and I found him hanging. He was hanging.

  4. Fred Allen:

    Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns he should be drawn and quoted.

  5. Wayne's World:

    Wayne Tell me, when the first show is over, will you still love me when I'm an incredibly humungoid giant star Cassandra Yeah. Wayne Will you still love me when I'm in my hanging-out-with-Ravi-Shankar phase Cassandra Yeah. Wayne Will you still love me when I'm in my carbohydrate, sequined-jumpsuit, young-girls-in-white-cotton-panties, waking-up-in-a-pool-of-your-own-vomit, bloated-purple-dead-on-a-toilet phase Cassandra Yeah. Wayne Okay, party. Bonus.

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