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hinge

[hinj] /hɪndʒ/
noun
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 called mount. Philately. a 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.
verb (used without object), hinged, hinging.
5.
to be dependent or contingent on, or as if on, a hinge (usually followed by on or upon):
Everything hinges on his decision.
verb (used with object), hinged, hinging.
6.
to furnish with or attach by a hinge or hinges.
7.
to attach as if by a hinge.
8.
to make or consider as dependent upon; predicate:
He hinged his action on future sales.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English henge; cognate with Low German heng(e), Middle Dutch henge hinge; akin to hang
Related forms
hingeless, adjective
hingelike, adjective
rehinge, verb (used with object), rehinged, rehinging.
well-hinged, adjective
Synonyms
5. rest, swing, pivot, depend.
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Examples from the web for hinges
  • Birds' wings operate almost as if they were airplane wings on hinges.
  • His future, the future of his village and the entire region, hinges on that connection.
  • The final point of this modest proposal hinges on two fundamental principles: openness and timely communication.
  • It seems pretty clear to me that the richness of our knowledge and our memory hinges on our ability to pay attention.
  • And yet the validity of its proposals hinges on the accuracy of its causal account.
  • The case hinges on both legal contracts and programming codes, neither of them simple.
  • Rather, it hinges on the timing of an end to increases in global oil production, and on what happens next.
  • If the fate of your company hinges on the verdict, you will want a brilliant lawyer to argue your case.
  • Despite its growing popularity, the concept of genocide maintains a narrow legal definition which hinges on specific intent.
  • Everything hinges on what the military does in the coming months.
British Dictionary definitions for hinges

hinge

/hɪndʒ/
noun
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) a type of joint, such as the knee joint, that moves only backwards and forwards; a joint that functions in only one plane Technical name ginglymus
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
verb
6.
(transitive) to attach or fit a hinge to (something)
7.
(intransitive; usually foll by on or upon) to depend (on)
8.
(intransitive) to hang or turn on or as if on a hinge
Derived Forms
hinged, adjective
hingeless, adjective
hingelike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch henge; see hang
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Word Origin and History for hinges

hinge

n.

c.1300, "the axis of the earth;" late 14c. as "movable joint of a gate or door," not found in Old English, cognate with Middle Dutch henghe "hook, handle," Middle Low German henge "hinge," from Proto-Germanic *hanhan (transitive), *hangen (intransitive), from PIE *konk- "to hang" (see hang (v.)). The notion is the thing from which a door hangs.

v.

c.1600, "to bend," from hinge (n.). Meaning "turn on, depend" is from 1719. Related: Hinged; hinging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hinges in Medicine

hinge (hĭnj)
n.
A jointed or flexible device that allows the turning or pivoting of a part, such as a door or lid, on a stationary frame.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for hinges

hinge

noun

A look or glance; gander (1930s+)

Related Terms

get a hinge at


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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hinges in the Bible

(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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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