- 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 falselyMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Suspended in the air: hanging palls of smokeMore example sentences
- 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 gardensMore example sentences
- 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.