a shoulder-shaped frame with a hook at the top, usually of wire, wood, or plastic, for draping and hanging a garment when not in use.
a part of something by which it is hung, as a loop on a garment.
a contrivance on which things are hung, as a hook.
Automotive. a double-hinged device linking the chassis with the leaf springs on vehicles having solid axles.
a light saber of the 17th and 18th centuries, often worn by sailors.
a person who hangs something.

1400–50; late Middle English hangere; see hang, -er1

hangar, hanger.
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hanger (ˈhæŋə)
1.  a.  any support, such as a hook, strap, peg, or loop, on or by which something may be hung
 b.  See coat hanger
2.  a.  a person who hangs something
 b.  (in combination): paperhanger
3.  a bracket designed to attach one part of a mechanical structure to another, such as the one that attaches the spring shackle of a motor car to the chassis
4.  a wood on a steep hillside, characteristically beech growing on chalk in southern England
5.  a.  a loop or strap on a sword belt from which a short sword or dagger was hung
 b.  the weapon itself

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Next, to keep the tubing in place after you've situated it, tie it to a length
  of coat hanger.
It could be a large coat hanger or a small earring hanger.
The trick is to have the right kind of hanger and pot.
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