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hanging (n.)

c. 1300, "act of putting to death on the gallows," verbal noun from hang (v.). Meaning "piece of drapery on the wall of a room" is late 15c. Hangings "curtains, tapestry" is from 1640s.

hanging (adj.)

late 12c., present-participle adjective from hang (v.). Hanging gardens (of Babylon), one of the wonders of the world, is Latin pensiles horti, Greek kremastoi kepoi. Hanging judge first recorded 1848.

updated on May 15, 2015

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Definitions of hanging from WordNet

hanging (n.)
decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window;
the cold castle walls were covered with hangings
Synonyms: wall hanging
hanging (n.)
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
hanging (n.)
the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely);
there was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait
Synonyms: suspension / dangling
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