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.

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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