Meaning of overhang

o•ver•hang

Pronunciation: (v.ō"vur-hang'n.ō'vur-hang"), [key]
— v., n. -hung, -hang•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to hang or be suspended over: A great chandelier overhung the ballroom.
  2. to extend, project, or jut over: A wide balcony overhangs the garden.
  3. to impend over or threaten, as danger or evil; loom over: The threat of war overhung Europe.
  4. to spread throughout; permeate; pervade: the melancholy that overhung the proceedings.
  5. to hover over, as a threat or menace: Unemployment continues to overhang the economic recovery.
—v.i.
  1. to hang over; project or jut out over something below: How far does the balcony overhang?
—n.
  1. something that extends or juts out over; projection.
  2. the extent of projection, as of the bow of a ship.
  3. an excess or surplus: an overhang of office space in midtown.
  4. a threat or menace: to face the overhang of foreign reprisals.
  5. a projecting upper part of a building, as a roof or balcony.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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