Meaning of hinge

hinge

Pronunciation: (hinj), [key]
— n., v., hinged, hing•ing.
—n.
  1. a jointed device or flexible piece on which a door, gate, shutter, lid, or other attached part turns, swings, or moves.
  2. a natural anatomical joint at which motion occurs around a transverse axis, as that of the knee or a bivalve shell.
  3. that on which something is based or depends; pivotal consideration or factor.
  4. Also calleda gummed sticker for affixing a stamp to a page of an album, so folded as to form a hinge, allowing the stamp to be raised to reveal the text beneath.
—v.i.
  1. to be dependent or contingent on, or as if on, a hinge (usually fol. by on or upon): Everything hinges on his decision.
—v.t.
  1. to furnish with or attach by a hinge or hinges.
  2. to attach as if by a hinge.
  3. to make or consider as dependent upon; predicate: He hinged his action on future sales.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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