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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hinge, flexible jointnoun

    a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing relative to the other

  2. hingeverb

    a circumstance upon which subsequent events depend

    "his absence is the hinge of our plan"

  3. hingeverb

    attach with a hinge


  1. hingenoun

    A jointed or flexible device that allows the pivoting of a door etc. See also pintel.

  2. hingenoun

    A stamp hinge, a folded and gummed paper rectangle for affixing postage stamps in an album.

  3. hingenoun

    A point in time, on which subsequent events depend.

  4. hingenoun

    The median of the upper or lower half of a batch, sample, or probability distribution.

  5. hingeverb

    To attach by, or equip with a hinge.

  6. hingeverb

    To depend on something.

  7. hingeverb

    archaeology The breaking off of the distal end of a knapped stone flake whose presumed course across the face of the stone core was truncated prematurely, leaving not a feathered distal end but instead the scar of a nearly perpendicular break.

    The flake hinged at an inclusion in the core.

  8. Etymology: henge, from *, compare henge- in hengeclif, hengen. Akin to henge, henghe, hengel, geheng, hengsel, dialectal hängel, Henkel, hon, hangian. More at hang.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hingenoun

    Etymology: or hingle, from hangle or hang.

    At the gate
    Of heav’n arriv’d, the gate self-open’d wide,
    On golden hinges turning. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.

    Then from the hinge their strokes the gates divorce,
    And where the way they cannot find, they force. John Denham.

    Heav’n’s imperious queen shot down from high;
    At her approach the brazen hinges fly,
    The gates are forc’d. John Dryden, Æn.

    If when the moon is in the hinge at East,
    The birth breaks forward from its native rest;
    Full eighty years, if you two years abate,
    This station gives. Thomas Creech, Manilius.

    And these being hinges of the world, create
    New powers in stars. Thomas Creech, Manilius.

    The other hinge of punishment might turn upon a law, whereby all men, who did not marry by the age of five and twenty, should pay the third part of their revenue. William Temple.

    The man’s spirit is out of order and off the hinges; and ’till that be put into its right frame, he will be perpetually disquieted. John Tillotson, Sermon 4.

  2. To Hingeverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Be thou a flatt’rer now, and hinge thy knee;
    And let his very breath, whom thou’lt observe,
    Blow off thy cap. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.


  1. Hinge

    A hinge is a mechanical bearing that connects two solid objects, typically allowing only a limited angle of rotation between them. Two objects connected by an ideal hinge rotate relative to each other about a fixed axis of rotation: all other translations or rotations being prevented, and thus a hinge has one degree of freedom. Hinges may be made of flexible material or of moving components. In biology, many joints function as hinges, like the elbow joint.


  1. hinge

    A hinge is a mechanical device or component that connects two objects and allows them to pivot or swing relative to each other. It typically consists of two plates or pieces that are joined together by a pin or rod, which enables rotational movement. Commonly found in doors, windows, and cabinets, hinges allow these structures to open and close in a controlled manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hingenoun

    the hook with its eye, or the joint, on which a door, gate, lid, etc., turns or swings; a flexible piece, as a strip of leather, which serves as a joint to turn on

  2. Hingenoun

    that on which anything turns or depends; a governing principle; a cardinal point or rule; as, this argument was the hinge on which the question turned

  3. Hingenoun

    one of the four cardinal points, east, west, north, or south

  4. Hingeverb

    to attach by, or furnish with, hinges

  5. Hingeverb

    to bend

  6. Hingeverb

    to stand, depend, hang, or turn, as on a hinge; to depend chiefly for a result or decision or for force and validity; -- usually with on or upon; as, the argument hinges on this point

  7. Etymology: [OE. henge, heeng; akin to D. heng, LG. henge, Prov. E. hingle a small hinge; connected with hang, v., and Icel. hengja to hang. See Hang.]


  1. Hinge

    A hinge is a type of bearing that connects two solid objects, typically allowing only a limited angle of rotation between them. Two objects connected by an ideal hinge rotate relative to each other about a fixed axis of rotation. Hinges may be made of flexible material or of moving components. In biology, many joints function as hinges.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hinge

    hinj, n. the hook or joint on which a door or lid hangs: that on which anything depends or turns.—v.t. to furnish with hinges: to bend.—v.i. to hang or turn as on a hinge: to depend on:—pr.p. hing′ing; pa.p. hinged.—n. Hinge′-joint (anat.), a joint in which the bones move.—Off the hinges, in a state of confusion. [Related to hang.]


  1. Hinge

    Hinge is a mobile app that uses Facebook to help young people meet dates through their friends. Users log in and rate a daily batch of their friends’ friends on a scale of 1-5. Anytime there is mutual interest, Hinge makes a content-rich intro derived from each user’s Facebook profile.Hinge has raised $650k, led by 500 Startups and Piedmont Capital.


  1. Hinge

    of maxilla = cardo; q.v.: the point of articulation of a movable joint.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hinge in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hinge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of hinge in a Sentence

  1. Kamala Harris:

    The Affordable Care Act and all The Affordable Care Act protections hinge on this seat and the outcome of this hearing, and I believe The Affordable Care Act's very important the American people understand the issues at stake, and what's at play.

  2. Mary O'Hare Dumas:

    Confidence is the hinge on the door to success.

  3. Panos Panay:

    A lot went into it because you don't want any moment where the product doesn't feel perfect in any posture at any given time, it's been building all this time -- the hinge work across Surface Studio, our detach work on Surface Book... the pen's haptics and when you put it down, you actually feel friction. All that tech has been brewing for four to five years. There's a lot of patience.

  4. Phillip Futures:

    If prices hold above these levels, there is a chance that prices could move higher this week, which should hinge on optimistic nonfarm payrolls.

  5. The Republican:

    The Republicans' hopes for capturing the governorship in the Old Dominion hinge upon running competitively in Northern Virginia and dominating in the mountain and western parts of the state, those hopes depend on which issues are at the forefront. If voters are thinking about the economy, taxes, and critical race theory, the data here suggest Youngkin might pull this off. If they are thinking about the virus and health care, McAuliffe cruises.

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