Definition of hanging in English:



  • 1mass noun The practice of hanging condemned people as a form of capital punishment.

    ‘controversial cross-party issues such as abortion and hanging’
    as modifier ‘it was a hanging offence to forge or frank falsely’
    • ‘Of course terrible crimes must be met with punishment including long custodial sentences but bringing back hanging is not the right policy in this day and age.’
    • ‘Punishments such as whipping, hanging and transportation were imposed after trials that lasted less than half an hour.’
    • ‘And it was a really appalling hanging, in the respect that the minister kept them on the scaffold waiting for 25 minutes as he gave a sermon.’
    • ‘If harsh prison terms and hanging is not the answer, neither is a kinder gentler mollycoddling.’
    • ‘Dominic spoke slowly, ‘Red's been sentenced to death by public hanging.’’
    • ‘There were men among them who would receive more punishment for their infractions than just the standard, relatively painless hanging.’
    • ‘Nowadays the only types of execution include gassing, the electric chair, lethal injection, firing squad and hanging.’
    • ‘1783 The last public hanging took place at Tyburn - forger John Austin was the last to die there.’
    • ‘Liberal over crime and punishment - I believed in public hanging.’
    • ‘Most of the others I've held accountable got death by slow hanging.’
    • ‘This time there was no release and the sentence of public hanging was carried out.’
    • ‘Why pay to imprison criminals, when hanging is so much cheaper?’
    • ‘Should Bermuda bring back hanging (or any other form of capital punishment)?’
    • ‘Baking in the oven or soaking them in vinegar was morally dubious if not outright cheating, but those who soaked first and then baked, well, quite honestly, hanging was too good for them!’
    • ‘If he does, the original sentence of death by hanging will immediately be carried out.’
    • ‘Trumped-up charges of conspiracy to overthrow the queen, and an unjustly conducted prosecution, brought conviction of treason and hanging at Tyburn.’
    • ‘And there, death does not mean hanging: it could be a public stoning or a beheading in the town square.’
    • ‘The boldest part of the new programme announced by the Attorney General on Monday is the hanging of all condemned prisoners on death row.’
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  • 2A decorative piece of fabric or curtain hung on the wall of a room or around a bed.

    • ‘He showed me many rooms all decorated with sculptures and hangings.’
    • ‘The walls carry hangings with colourful forms of Ganesh.’
    • ‘The room was decorated with silk blue hangings, white pillars and floors, with crystal blue railings on the sides of the terrace.’
    • ‘In the fifty years since the furnishing of the houses, curtains and bed hangings had become severely worn.’
    • ‘Blood red hangings adorned the walls, rich gold embroidery adorning it.’
    • ‘Alcoves and portions of walls are delineated with pleated fabric hangings.’
    • ‘Lex's room isn't what he would have expected at all, except for the purple sheets and hangings on the bed.’
    • ‘Originally used as lap rugs for warmth on boats or sleighs, ryijy rugs eventually evolved into decorative hangings.’
    • ‘She could see some one writhing amongst the dusky fabric and she felt herself retreat involuntary to the safety of her bed hangings.’
    • ‘Its hangings, the curtains, the room's upholstery were the dingy colour of the lees of wine.’
    • ‘If it wasn't loud enough, the bass on the CD player had been turned right up full, so the hangings on the wall shook with every strike of the drums.’
    • ‘The room was filled with colour, sky blue and gold hangings surrounded the bed and lifted the room from the dull greyness of the rest of the castle.’
    • ‘Throughout the country, floors and walls are lined with carpets and fabric hangings.’
    • ‘Lift all curtains and hangings on to a windowsill or chair before any floor polishing is started.’
    • ‘To make these breezy bed hangings, select a lightweight fabric that has no right or wrong side and is at least as wide as the bed.’
    • ‘The tapestries and hangings themselves were masterpieces in their own rights.’
    • ‘Carpeted in a rich red and filled with carved furniture, the sapphire blue hangings, walls and cushions looked out of place.’
    • ‘The whole area was richly decorated in gold and silver, with red velvet hangings and curtains.’
    • ‘On the walls are cloth hangings each with a single quote from a philosopher or other writer.’
    • ‘Red and gold tapestries and hangings tastefully adorned every wall.’
    drape, curtain, drop, drop cloth, drop curtain, drop scene, tableau curtain, frontal, dossal
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  • 1attributive Suspended in the air.

    ‘hanging palls of smoke’
    • ‘It's a foggy morning - fog, or another kind of hanging moisture.’
    • ‘The first thing one sees when approaching the dance studio is a hanging apple, suspended in mid-air.’
    • ‘And then to Tenby, a beguiling town, full of light and hanging flower baskets and with the most startlingly immaculate pair of beaches of any town I've ever seen.’
    • ‘Instead he imagines that the web was suspended close alongside a hanging glob of sap.’
    • ‘A woman, impossibly beautiful, hanging twenty stories in the air, calmly brushes her teeth in close-up on a video screen.’
    • ‘Every now and then they would fire a pair of missiles which would explode and send a plume of darker smoke above the white haze of gunsmoke already hanging above the camp.’
    • ‘By measuring slope angles, the heights and distances of huge structures, like flyovers, hanging bridges and dams can be easily calculated.’
    • ‘The storm had cleared as if it never were, the silver disk on high hanging like a puppet without strings in the twilight sky.’
    • ‘Already the hissing had quieted, and the hanging veils of blackened smoke and steam had begun to disperse.’
    • ‘Each artist will show one work in a limited-size space, and everything is wall-based, ranging from paintings to hanging sculptures.’
    • ‘When she got out, she said, ‘We saw the parachuting guy just hanging there by nothing but a few strings.’’
    • ‘A hanging bridge has been planned at ‘Triveni sangamam’, the confluence of three rivers in Muvattupuzha.’
    1. 1.1 Situated or designed so as to appear to hang down.
      ‘hanging gardens’
      • ‘Inside the barbers a man reads the Hurriyet while he waits and the caged parrot looks at himself in the hanging mirror - the parrot used to have a mate and he used to have a beautiful long red tail plumage.’
      • ‘The first thing you see in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is Christ's morgue slab, a polished piece of marble on the floor, guarded by the inevitable squadron of hanging lamps.’
      • ‘The massive rafters of the Red Sails were low, with wisps of cooking smoke winding their way around the hanging oil lamps.’
      • ‘The western bay of the vault, built in 1362, carries a hanging boss suspended by eight dramatic flying ribs.’
      • ‘He had considered a hanging chain of several linked pendulums, all suspended from one another, and discovered various different modes of oscillation.’
      • ‘But they have an undeniable gentleness and elephantine beauty about them, with their hanging folds of skin and ponderous outlook on life.’
      • ‘Buddleia and calendula attract hoverflies and lacewings into the garden and hanging bird feeders among the fruit trees will encourage birds to eat over-wintering pests.’
      • ‘The clouds that had been hanging low and threatening in the lobby appeared to have gathered heaviest on the 24th floor.’
      • ‘The typical Ruby-crowned Kinglet nest is deep and is suspended from two hanging twigs.’
      • ‘She left a little extra hanging over the end and cut that hanging bit into two long strands for tying behind my wrist.’
      • ‘Then the other side decided to fall off so I used the pretty hanging ribbons to tie it to her bra strap.’
      • ‘Also, the kitchen now has a few hanging green glass lanterns that will shatter over the cat food stations when the hooks end up falling out like they always do.’
      • ‘Artistic hanging lamps and garden lights were also displayed.’
      • ‘I listened intently, taking mental notes on their descriptions of the seracs, the crevasses, the hanging glaciers.’
      • ‘Alternatively, we let inert hanging bug zappers slaughter any bug stupid enough to stumble in with a small shower of crackling blue light.’
      • ‘Above them, a giant serac - a hanging block of glacial ice - had collapsed and was tumbling down the couloir.’
      • ‘One led up to the main trail, so it had access to hanging rock through a secret passage, the other route led onto the rock itself.’
      • ‘The mosque has a unique architectural design showing a hanging mosque standing on a series of shops.’
      • ‘The rocks below provide firm foundations; they also dictate the gradient of a road, the placing of a church, the space available for a terrace or hanging garden.’
      • ‘After completing his degree in Computing, he returned to Melbourne with his own highly individual collection of hanging art.’
      pendent, suspended, supported from above, dangling, swinging, swaying, trailing, flowing, falling, tumbling
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