Definition of hinge in English:

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Pronunciation: /hinj/


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1A movable joint or mechanism on which a door, gate, or lid swings as it opens and closes, or that connects linked objects.
Example sentences
  • He had only time to back away before the thick wooden doors swung open, hinges protesting loudly.
  • The door stood open, its hinges and locking mechanisms smashed.
  • There was a knock on my door, and it swung open on its hinges.
1.1 Biology A natural joint that performs a function similar to a hinge, for example that of a bivalve shell.
Example sentences
  • The hinge ligament of bivalve shell is an example of a complex development.
  • Your elbow joints are simple hinges, and they can bend only one way and on a direct line.
  • A good analog of the decrescent side is the interarea of brachiopods or the hinge area of bivalves.
1.2A central point or principle on which everything depends: this period can be called the hinge of history
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  • Cop Rock represents a hinge, a pivotal point on the door of possibility.
  • The Association was formed at a fateful turning of the hinge of our strategic history - the fall of Saigon in 1975.
  • I think it's important to recognize that we are at the hinge of history.

verb (hinges, hingeing or hinging, hinged)

[with object]
1Attach or join with or as if with a hinge: the ironing board was set into the wall and hinged at the bottom (as adjective hinged) a pocket watch with a hinged lid
More example sentences
  • Some take the form of little chests of drawers, others have hinged lids.
  • Another option is to hinge the top part so that the seat becomes a lid that you just lift up.
  • There were two hinged wooden boxes in the closet under the stairs.
1.1 [no object] (Of a door or part of a structure) hang and turn on a hinge: the skull’s jaw hinged down
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  • When the gallery is open, the door will hinge out into the foyer so that it offers another perspective on the building.
  • The only way in and out was through two huge doors that hinged opposite each other.
  • There was a knock on the door, which hinged open momentarily.
1.2 [no object] (hinge on) Depend entirely on: the future of the industry could hinge on the outcome of next month’s election
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  • Selling is a strange phenomenon because being successful financially in this industry hinges upon your individual performance.
  • The success of the Raiders hinges largely on the performance of their reconfigured defensive line.
  • Any innovator will tell you that success hinges less on getting everything right than on how you handle getting things wrong.
depend on, hang on, rest on, turn on, center on, pivot on, be contingent on, be dependent on, be conditional on;
be determined by, be decided by, revolve around



Example sentences
  • The hingeless frame is constructed of yet another proprietary Oakley material or technology saddled with a too-hip name: Unobtanium.
  • The helicopters have a common four-bladed, composite, hingeless, bearingless main rotor system and tail rotor, engine, avionics, software, controls and displays.
  • The existing two-bladed, semi-rigid, teetering rotor system is replaced with a four-bladed, hingeless, bearingless rotor system.


Middle English henge; related to hang.

  • hang from Old English:

    To hang someone as a punishment was originally to crucify them. Later it came to involve using a rope, now the only sense in which the past form hanged is used. But in early times it was the only possibility: hung did not appear until the 16th century. The phrase to hang fire originates with the complex firing mechanism of the old flintlock pistol. A small quantity of gunpowder would be loaded into a metal hollow above the trigger, and when the trigger was released a spark from a flint would ignite the gunpowder, which in turn would ignite the main charge, causing it to explode and propel the shot out of the barrel. Sometimes the powder in the pan would fail to explode immediately, perhaps because it was damp, and merely smoulder, causing a delay in the firearm going off. When this happened it was said to hang fire. See also half. The hinge (Middle English) on which you hang a door is closely related to hang.

Words that rhyme with hinge

binge, cringe, fringe, impinge, singe, springe, swinge, syringe, tinge, twinge, whinge

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