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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.
Often, hangings. something that hangs or is hung on the walls of a room, as a drapery or tapestry.
a suspending or temporary attaching, as of a painting: a careless hanging of pictures.
punishable by, deserving, or causing death by hanging: a hanging crime; a hanging offense.
inclined to inflict death by hanging: a hanging jury.
suspended; pendent; overhanging: a hanging cliff.
situated on a steep slope or at a height: a hanging garden.
directed downward: a hanging look.
made, holding, or suitable for a hanging object.

1250–1300; Middle English (noun, adj.), Old English hangande (adj.) See hang, -ing1, -ing2

hangingly, adverb
unhanging, adjective
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hanging (ˈhæŋɪŋ)
1.  a.  the putting of a person to death by suspending the body by the neck from a noose
 b.  (as modifier): a hanging offence
2.  (often plural) 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
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.  informal (Northern English) unpleasant
10.  chess See hanging pawn

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Word Origin & History

"act of putting to death on the gallows," c.1300 (see hang). Hanging judge first recorded 1848. Hangman is from 1393.
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Hanging definition

(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.

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