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Meaning of hanging

hang•ing

Pronunciation: (hang'ing), [key]
— n.
  1. the act, an instance, or the form of capital punishment carried out by suspending one by the neck from a gallows, gibbet, or the like, until dead.
  2. Often,something that hangs or is hung on the walls of a room, as a drapery or tapestry.
  3. a suspending or temporary attaching, as of a painting: a careless hanging of pictures.
—adj.
  1. punishable by, deserving, or causing death by hanging: a hanging crime; a hanging offense.
  2. inclined to inflict death by hanging: a hanging jury.
  3. suspended; pendent; overhanging: a hanging cliff.
  4. situated on a steep slope or at a height: a hanging garden.
  5. directed downward: a hanging look.
  6. made, holding, or suitable for a hanging object.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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