|1.||a device for holding together two parts such that one can swing relative to the other, typically having two interlocking metal leaves held by a pin about which they pivot|
|2.||anatomy Technical name: ginglymus a type of joint, such as the knee joint, that moves only backwards and forwards; a joint that functions in only one plane|
|3.||a similar structure in invertebrate animals, such as the joint between the two halves of a bivalve shell|
|4.||something on which events, opinions, etc, turn|
|5.||philately Also called: mount a small thin transparent strip of gummed paper for affixing a stamp to a page|
|6.||(tr) to attach or fit a hinge to (something)|
|8.||(intr) to hang or turn on or as if on a hinge|
|[C13: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch henge; see |
A jointed or flexible device that allows the turning or pivoting of a part, such as a door or lid, on a stationary frame.
(Heb. tsir), that on which a door revolves. "Doors in the East turn rather on pivots than on what we term hinges. In Syria, and especially in the Hauran, there are many ancient doors, consisting of stone slabs with pivots carved out of the same piece inserted in sockets above and below, and fixed during the building of the house" (Prov. 26:14).
Also, hinge upon. Depend or be contingent on, as in This plan hinges on her approval. This expression employs the verb hinge in the sense of "to hang," as a door would hang on a hinge, a usage dating from the early 1700s.