Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Hanging"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

(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

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Indentation \In`den*ta"tion\, n.
1. The act of indenting or state of being indented.

2. A notch or recess, in the margin or border of anything;
as, the indentations of a leaf, of the coast, etc.

3. A recess or sharp depression in any surface.

4. (Print.)
(a) The act of beginning a line or series of lines at a
little distance within the flush line of the column or
page, as in the common way of beginning the first line
of a paragraph.
(b) The measure of the distance; as, an indentation of one
em, or of two ems.

{Hanging}, or {Reverse}, {indentation}, indentation of all
the lines of a paragraph except the first, which is a full

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hang \Hang\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hanged} (h?ngd) or {Hung}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Hanging}.

Usage: The use of hanged is preferable to that of hung, when
reference is had to death or execution by suspension,
and it is also more common.] [OE. hangen, hangien, v.
t. & i., AS. hangian, v. i., fr. h?n, v. t. (imp.
heng, p. p. hongen); akin to OS. hang?n, v. i. D.
hangen, v. t. & i., G. hangen, v. i, h["a]ngen, v. t,
Isel hanga, v. i., Goth. h[=a]han, v. t. (imp.
ha['i]hah), h[=a]han, v. i. (imp. hahaida), and perh.
to L. cunctari to delay. [root]37. ]
1. To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without
support from below; -- often used with up or out; as, to
hang a coat on a hook; to hang up a sign; to hang out a

2. To fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon
the point or points of suspension; -- said of a pendulum,
a swing, a door, gate, etc.

3. To fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an
implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its
snath, or an ax to its helve. [U. S.]

4. To put to death by suspending by the neck; -- a form of
capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer.

5. To cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures
trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with paper
hangings; -- said of a wall, a room, etc.

Hung be the heavens with black. --Shak.

And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils.

6. To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.

7. To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or
position instead of erect; to droop; as, he hung his head
in shame.

Cowslips wan that hang the pensive head. --Milton.

{To hang down}, to let fall below the proper position; to
bend down; to decline; as, to hang down the head, or,
elliptically, to hang the head.

{To hang fire} (Mil.), to be slow in communicating fire
through the vent to the charge; as, the gun hangs fire;
hence, to hesitate, to hold back as if in suspense.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hanging \Hang"ing\, n.
1. The act of suspending anything; the state of being

2. Death by suspension; execution by a halter.

3. That which is hung as lining or drapery for the walls of a
room, as tapestry, paper, etc., or to cover or drape a
door or window; -- used chiefly in the plural.

Nor purple hangings clothe the palace walls.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hanging \Hang"ing\, a.
1. Requiring, deserving, or foreboding death by the halter.
``What a hanging face!'' --Dryden.

2. Suspended from above; pendent; as, hanging shelves.

3. Adapted for sustaining a hanging object; as, the hanging
post of a gate, the post which holds the hinges.

{Hanging compass}, a compass suspended so that the card may
be read from beneath.

{Hanging garden}, a garden sustained at an artificial
elevation by any means, as by the terraces at Babylon.

{Hanging indentation}. See under {Indentation}.

{Hanging rail} (Arch.), that rail of a door or casement to
which hinges are attached.

{Hanging side} (Mining), the overhanging side of an inclined
or hading vein.

{Hanging sleeves}.
(a) Strips of the same stuff as the gown, hanging down the
back from the shoulders.
(b) Loose, flowing sleeves.

{Hanging stile}. (Arch.)
(a) That stile of a door to which hinges are secured.
(b) That upright of a window frame to which casements are
hinged, or in which the pulleys for sash windows are

{Hanging wall} (Mining), the upper wall of inclined vein, or
that which hangs over the miner's head when working in the

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : supported from above; "the child dabbled his dangling feet
in the water"; "fuchsias in hanging pots"; "pendent
bunches of grapes"; "a suspended fireplace" [syn: {dangling(a)},
{pendent}, {pendant}, {suspended}]
n 1: decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a
window; "the cold castle walls were covered with
hangings" [syn: {wall hanging}]
2: a form of capital punishment; victim is suspended by the
neck from a gallows or gibbet until dead; "in those days
the hanging of criminals was a public entertainment"
3: the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it
moves freely); "there was a small ceremony for the hanging
of the portrait" [syn: {suspension}, {dangling}]

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