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Definition: To hang on the words
, v. i.
1. To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without
support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to
remain; to stay.
2. To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion
on the point or points of suspension.
3. To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck.
[R.] “Sir Balaam hangs.”
4. To hold for support; to depend; to cling; -- usually with
on or upon; as, this question hangs on a single point.
“Two infants hanging on her neck.”
5. To be, or be like, a suspended weight.
Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden. --Addison.
6. To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; -- usually
with over; as, evils hang over the country.
7. To lean or incline; to incline downward.
To decide which way hung the victory. --Milton.
His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder hung. --Pope.
8. To slope down; as, hanging grounds.
9. To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to
linger; to be delayed.
A noble stroke he lifted high,
Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell
On the proud crest of Satan. --Milton.
10. (Cricket, Tennis, etc.) Of a ball: To rebound
unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on
the ball or imperfections of ground.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
11. (Baseball) to fail to curve, break, or drop as intended;
-- said of pitches, such as curve balls or sliders.
12. (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
Note: 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.
To hang around
, to loiter idly about.
To hang back
, to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant. “If
any one among you hangs back.”
To hang by the eyelids
(a) To hang by a very slight hold or tenure.
(b) To be in an unfinished condition; to be left
To hang in doubt
, to be in suspense.
To hang on
(with the emphasis on the preposition), to keep
hold; to hold fast; to stick; to be persistent, as a
To hang on the lips To hang on the words
, etc., to be
charmed by eloquence.
To hang out
(a) To be hung out so as to be displayed; to project.
(b) To be unyielding; as, the juryman hangs out against
an agreement; to hold out. [Colloq.]
(c) to loiter or lounge around a particular place; as,
teenageers tend to hang out at the mall these days.
To hang over
(a) To project at the top.
(b) To impend over.
To hang to
, to cling.
To hang together
(a) To remain united; to stand by one another. “We are
all of a piece; we hang together.”
(b) To be self-consistent; as, the story does not hang
To hang upon
(a) To regard with passionate affection.
(b) (Mil.) To hover around; as, to hang upon the flanks
of a retreating enemy.