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hanging

[hang-ing] /ˈhæŋ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act, an instance, or the form of capital punishment carried out by suspending one by the neck from a gallows, gibbet, or the like, until dead.
2.
Often, hangings. something that hangs or is hung on the walls of a room, as a drapery or tapestry.
3.
a suspending or temporary attaching, as of a painting:
a careless hanging of pictures.
adjective
4.
punishable by, deserving, or causing death by hanging:
a hanging crime; a hanging offense.
5.
inclined to inflict death by hanging:
a hanging jury.
6.
suspended; pendent; overhanging:
a hanging cliff.
7.
situated on a steep slope or at a height:
a hanging garden.
8.
directed downward:
a hanging look.
9.
made, holding, or suitable for a hanging object.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (noun, adj.), Old English hangande (adj.) See hang, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
hangingly, adverb
unhanging, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un hanging

hanging

/ˈhæŋɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. the putting of a person to death by suspending the body by the neck from a noose
  2. (as modifier): a hanging offence
2.
(often pl) a decorative textile such as a tapestry or drapery hung on a wall or over a window
3.
the act of a person or thing that hangs
adjective
4.
not supported from below; suspended
5.
undecided; still under discussion
6.
inclining or projecting downwards; overhanging
7.
situated on a steep slope or in a high place
8.
(prenominal) given to issuing harsh sentences, esp death sentences: a hanging judge
9.
(Northern English, informal) unpleasant
10.
(chess) See hanging pawn
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Word Origin and History for un hanging

hanging

n.

"act of putting to death on the gallows," c.1300 (see hang). Hanging judge first recorded 1848. Meaning "piece of drapery on the wall of a room" is late 15c. Hangings "curtains, tapestry" is from 1640s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for un hanging

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

(as a punishment), a mark of infamy inflicted on the dead bodies of criminals (Deut. 21:23) rather than our modern mode of punishment. Criminals were first strangled and then hanged (Nu. 25:4; Deut. 21:22). (See 2 Sam. 21:6 for the practice of the Gibeonites.) Hanging (as a curtain). (1.) Heb. masak, (a) before the entrance to the court of the tabernacle (Ex. 35:17); (b) before the door of the tabernacle (26:36, 37); (c) before the entrance to the most holy place, called "the veil of the covering" (35:12; 39:34), as the word properly means. (2.) Heb. kelaim, tapestry covering the walls of the tabernacle (Ex. 27:9; 35:17; Num. 3:26) to the half of the height of the wall (Ex. 27:18; comp. 26:16). These hangings were fastened to pillars. (3.) Heb. bottim (2 Kings 23:7), "hangings for the grove" (R.V., "for the Asherah"); marg., instead of "hangings," has "tents" or "houses." Such curtained structures for idolatrous worship are also alluded to in Ezek. 16:16.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for un hanging

hanging

execution by strangling or breaking the neck by a suspended noose. The traditional method, still in use on the continent of Europe, involves suspending the victim from a gallows or crossbeam until he has died of asphyxiation. Elsewhere, the condemned person stands on a trapdoor, and when the trap is released he falls several feet until stopped by the rope tied around his neck. The jerk breaks the cervical vertebrae and is thought to cause immediate loss of consciousness. A knot or metal eyelet (the hangman's knot) in the noose helps jerk back the victim's head sharply enough to break the neck

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