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.


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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