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dangle

[dang-guh l] /ˈdæŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), dangled, dangling.
1.
to hang loosely, especially with a jerking or swaying motion:
The rope dangled in the breeze.
2.
to hang around or follow a person, as if seeking favor or attention.
3.
Grammar. to occur as a modifier without a head or as a participle without an implied subject, as leaving the tunnel in The daylight was blinding, leaving the tunnel.
verb (used with object), dangled, dangling.
4.
to cause to dangle; hold or carry swaying loosely.
5.
to offer as an inducement.
noun
6.
the act of dangling.
7.
something that dangles.
Idioms
8.
keep someone dangling, to keep someone in a state of uncertainty.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; expressive word akin to Norwegian, Swedish dangla, Danish dangle dangle
Related forms
dangler, noun
danglingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. swing, sway, flap.
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  • And then the novel simply ends, without playing out or tying up the various dangling strands.
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  • Ness ties one end of the climbing rope to the base of a small tree nearby, and leaves the other end dangling.
  • Some research was accomplished showing that a cable dangling in space does create a current.
British Dictionary definitions for dangling

dangle

/ˈdæŋɡəl/
verb
1.
to hang or cause to hang freely: his legs dangled over the wall
2.
(transitive) to display as an enticement: the hope of a legacy was dangled before her
noun
3.
the act of dangling or something that dangles
Derived Forms
dangler, noun
danglingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Danish dangle, probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for dangling

dangle

v.

1590s, probably from Scandinavian (cf. Danish dangle, Swedish dangla "to swing about," Norwegian dangla), perhaps via North Frisian dangeln. Related: Dangled; dangling.

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