overhung

[v. oh-ver-huhng; adj. oh-ver-huhng]

Origin:
1700–10; over- + hung

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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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overhang
1599 (v.), from over + hang (q.v.). The noun meaning "fact of overhanging" is attested from 1864.
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Example sentences
The resulting canyon-overhung and clogged with house-size boulders-is little explored and singularly stunning.
Next to a rock, and overhung with a shelf of fallen leaves, the nest contained
  four tiny whitish eggs flecked with brown.
The mood is giddy, but overhung with a dark awareness.
It was a sheer wall of red sandstone encrusted with lichen and overhung with
  tall fir trees.
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