overhang

[v. oh-ver-hang; n. oh-ver-hang]
verb (used with object), overhung, overhanging.
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.
Informal. to hover over, as a threat or menace: Unemployment continues to overhang the economic recovery.
verb (used without object), overhung, overhanging.
6.
to hang over; project or jut out over something below: How far does the balcony overhang?
noun
7.
something that extends or juts out over; projection.
8.
the extent of projection, as of the bow of a ship.
9.
Informal. an excess or surplus: an overhang of office space in midtown.
10.
a threat or menace: to face the overhang of foreign reprisals.
11.
Architecture. a projecting upper part of a building, as a roof or balcony.

Origin:
1590–1600; over- + hang

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overhang
 
vb , -hangs, -hanging, -hung
1.  to project or extend beyond (a surface, building, etc)
2.  (tr) to hang or be suspended over
3.  (tr) to menace, threaten, or dominate
 
n
4.  a formation, object, part of a structure, etc, that extends beyond or hangs over something, such as an outcrop of rock overhanging a mountain face
5.  the amount or extent of projection
6.  aeronautics
 a.  half the difference in span of the main supporting surfaces of a biplane or other multiplane
 b.  the distance from the outer supporting strut of a wing to the wing tip
7.  finance the shares, collectively, that the underwriters have to buy when a new issue has not been fully taken up by the market

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Word Origin & History

overhang
1599 (v.), from over + hang (q.v.). The noun meaning "fact of overhanging" is attested from 1864.
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Example sentences
When it rains, he takes refuge under an overhang from the building.
The geriatric overhang now seems to have been dealt with.
Rear overhang turns the convertible sofa into a trampoline at highway speeds.
It has incredible layering, including an overhang under which you could walk
  for some distance into deep, dark shadow.
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