Definition of hanging in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhaŋɪŋ


  • 1 [mass noun] The practice of hanging condemned people as a form of capital punishment: controversial cross-party issues such as abortion and hanging [as modifier]: it was a hanging offence to forge or frank falsely
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    • If he does, the original sentence of death by hanging will immediately be carried out.
    • And it was a really appalling hanging, in the respect that the minister kept them on the scaffold waiting for 25 minutes as he gave a sermon.
    • Of course terrible crimes must be met with punishment including long custodial sentences but bringing back hanging is not the right policy in this day and age.
  • 2A decorative piece of fabric or curtain hung on the wall of a room or around a bed.
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    • Throughout the country, floors and walls are lined with carpets and fabric hangings.
    • Carpeted in a rich red and filled with carved furniture, the sapphire blue hangings, walls and cushions looked out of place.
    • In the fifty years since the furnishing of the houses, curtains and bed hangings had become severely worn.
    drape, curtain, drop, drop cloth, drop curtain, drop scene, tableau curtain, frontal, dossal; drapery
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  • 1Suspended in the air: hanging palls of smoke
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    • The first thing one sees when approaching the dance studio is a hanging apple, suspended in mid-air.
    • Instead he imagines that the web was suspended close alongside a hanging glob of sap.
    • Already the hissing had quieted, and the hanging veils of blackened smoke and steam had begun to disperse.
  • 1.1Situated or designed so as to appear to hang down: hanging gardens
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    • The mosque has a unique architectural design showing a hanging mosque standing on a series of shops.
    • Buddleia and calendula attract hoverflies and lacewings into the garden and hanging bird feeders among the fruit trees will encourage birds to eat over-wintering pests.
    • The rocks below provide firm foundations; they also dictate the gradient of a road, the placing of a church, the space available for a terrace or hanging garden.

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