- 1A movable joint or mechanism on which a door, gate, or lid swings as it opens and closes or which connects linked objects.More 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 which performs a function similar to that of a man-made hinge, for example that of a bivalve shell.More 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 or pivotal point or principle on which everything depends: this period can be called the hinge of historyMore example sentences
- 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] Back to top
- 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 lidMore 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, with adverbial of direction] (Of a door or part of a structure) hang and turn on a hinge: the skull’s jaw hinged downMore example sentences
- 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 electionMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.