Definition of hinge in English:



  • 1A movable joint or mechanism on which a door, gate, or lid swings as it opens and closes or which connects linked objects.

    • ‘Gloriana pointed to the window swinging open on its hinge.’
    • ‘It swung open on oiled hinges to reveal two rooms.’
    • ‘Alice closed the door almost all the way but had to stop as she heard the front door swing open on squeaky hinges.’
    • ‘The door with different hinges opened suddenly, revealing Armand and behind him a stone spiral staircase leading upwards.’
    • ‘I threw the weight of my body against the door and forced it to swing open on its hinges.’
    • ‘He had only time to back away before the thick wooden doors swung open, hinges protesting loudly.’
    • ‘The fanfare began, and the elaborate gold embroidered doors opened, the hinges creaking from the weight.’
    • ‘Eventually, the creaky hinges swung open with a younger, brown haired, freckled boy standing just inside, looking at me.’
    • ‘As Teta carefully pulled the double doors open, their hinges squeaked loudly.’
    • ‘The door stood open, its hinges and locking mechanisms smashed.’
    • ‘He stroked the metal surface, and not knowing how it all happened, slowly caused the door to swing on its hinges and open.’
    • ‘There was a knock on my door, and it swung open on its hinges.’
    • ‘He was surprised to see the house as it was; curtains flying all over the place, doors swinging on their hinges.’
    • ‘The door squeaked on its hinges and opened to a musty hall.’
    • ‘The door swung off the hinges and landed on the floor with a crash, exposing 3 Nazi officials.’
    • ‘He flipped the hinge and the door opened, revealing several small boxes.’
    • ‘With a slow creaking of hinges, the door opened to admit cold air and a midnight visitor.’
    • ‘Bruth swung the door open on its hinge, and followed Kaltag outside.’
    • ‘The device covers the gap created on a door hinge when it is open and prevents fingers being trapped in the door.’
    • ‘She put a finger to her lips toward him, and then quietly pushed the door open on well-oiled hinges.’
    1. 1.1Biology A natural joint which performs a function similar to that of a man-made hinge, for example that of a bivalve shell.
      • ‘With pushdowns, make sure the only things moving are your forearms via the hinge joint at your elbows.’
      • ‘Dr. Borje Walldius in Sweden replaced knees in 1953 with a simple hinge joint but knees are complex and these replacements often loosened.’
      • ‘Your elbow joints are simple hinges, and they can bend only one way and on a direct line.’
      • ‘A good analog of the decrescent side is the interarea of brachiopods or the hinge area of bivalves.’
      • ‘The hinge ligament of bivalve shell is an example of a complex development.’
    2. 1.2A central or pivotal point or principle on which everything depends.
      ‘this period can be called the hinge of history’
      • ‘So the 1530's is indeed the hinge decade for English history.’
      • ‘It takes incredible faith to lead during hinge points of history.’
      • ‘The Association was formed at a fateful turning of the hinge of our strategic history - the fall of Saigon in 1975.’
      • ‘He was also the hinge and the catalyst for the largest covert operation in history - the war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.’
      • ‘Cop Rock represents a hinge, a pivotal point on the door of possibility.’
      • ‘I think it's important to recognize that we are at the hinge of history.’
      • ‘These are at least nation-scale questions, ones whose answers turn the hinges of history.’
      • ‘Only now are we beginning to sense a hinge in history, a time when the earth is beginning to move beneath our feet.’


  • 1 Attach or join with or as if with a hinge.

    ‘the ironing board was set into the wall and hinged at the bottom’
    ‘a pocket watch with a hinged lid’
    • ‘The cover of the crate should be hinged and screwed on, not nailed.’
    • ‘The tailgate is unusual in being hinged deep into the roof and having a separately opening window.’
    • ‘Another option is to hinge the top part so that the seat becomes a lid that you just lift up.’
    • ‘The framed certificate is stationery while the wedding picture is hinged.’
    • ‘The plastron is often reduced and cruciform in shape and may be hinged.’
    • ‘The ship is optimised for roll-on/roll-off operations with all RO-RO decks fixed and a combination of fixed and hinged RO-RO ramps.’
    • ‘There were hinged shutters to fasten against the occasional dust storm.’
    • ‘Meet the trapdoor spiders, famed for their silk-lined burrows complete with emergency exits, hinged trapdoors and careful camouflage.’
    • ‘I don't even think my brain is properly hinged inside my cranium at this moment, so how am I supposed to think?’
    • ‘The ‘Blue Streak’ was a hinged shoulder holster that allowed one to fire at anyone who grabbed from behind without even removing the gun from the holster.’
    • ‘These hydraulically operated tools, which mount on the side of the tractor, are hinged for raising or lowering.’
    • ‘Some take the form of little chests of drawers, others have hinged lids.’
    • ‘The hood - like that on the Solstice - is front hinged.’
    • ‘The upper beak is hinged dorsally on a naso-frontal hinge.’
    • ‘The blinds are hinged so they fold compactly against the piers.’
    • ‘As for the bottom metal unit, it's a classy, all-steel affair with a straddle-type hinged floorplate.’
    • ‘The permanent sign is hinged so the words ‘Road Blocked’ can be displayed when needed.’
    • ‘For ground loading and unloading the side panels of the rear fuselage are hinged for outward opening to provide wider access.’
    • ‘There were two hinged wooden boxes in the closet under the stairs.’
    hinged, jointed, segmented
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    1. 1.1[no object, with adverbial of direction](of a door or part of a structure) hang and turn on a hinge.
      ‘the skull's jaw hinged down’
      • ‘The only way in and out was through two huge doors that hinged opposite each other.’
      • ‘Our living room window is very narrow and hinged at the top.’
      • ‘Their tails are hinged at the base and flick up, flick up, when they land and look.’
      • ‘Axles and bracing struts were hinged to the bottom longerons of the fuselage.’
      • ‘The two levers are hinged in the middle by the wrists and the hands.’
      • ‘The 140A has the tapered, single-strut, all-metal wing of the 150, but the flaps are hinged, not Fowler flaps.’
      • ‘The tail fins are hinged and have a curved surface, which results in the missile spinning in flight for aerodynamic stabilisation.’
      • ‘James could only stare at Ryouji with his jaw hinging like a gaping fish.’
      • ‘There was a knock on the door, which hinged open momentarily.’
      • ‘The corvus (Latin for crow) was a plank that was hinged at one end to the side of a Roman ship, and that had a heavy spike in the other end.’
      • ‘The K - 2 is hinged ingeniously on the front wheel assembly, where the wheels cant in the direction of the turn.’
      • ‘The cardboard was hinged to the table on one side so that it could flap forward toward the infant, and then all the way back, away from the infant.’
      • ‘Rudi Uhlenhaut designed the Mercedes 300 SL with the famous gull-wing doors that opened up sideways, hinged in the centre of the roof.’
      • ‘For instance the tailgate top window is hinged providing an opening for smaller items to be loaded, while the tailgate itself has good handgrips.’
      • ‘When the gallery is open, the door will hinge out into the foyer so that it offers another perspective on the building.’
    2. 1.2[no object]Depend entirely on.
      ‘the future of the industry could hinge on the outcome of next month's election’
      • ‘Any innovator will tell you that success hinges less on getting everything right than on how you handle getting things wrong.’
      • ‘Selling is a strange phenomenon because being successful financially in this industry hinges upon your individual performance.’
      • ‘Indemnity hinges upon the principal continuing in business and exploiting the agent's connection.’
      • ‘The famous device of conflict upon which all stories are supposed to hinge starts within the writer.’
      • ‘Your emotions are hinged upon how this guy treats you.’
      • ‘The success of the Raiders hinges largely on the performance of their reconfigured defensive line.’
      • ‘While the success of government hinges largely on programming, governance depends on relationship building.’
      • ‘This is when you are working to build the basic frame on which to hinge your life.’
      • ‘Now the government is drafting an update on the progress made, on which hinges the next loan disbursement of $400 million.’
      • ‘However, no one is asking the fundamental question on which everything hinges: Why?’
      depend, hang, rest, turn, pivot, centre, be based, be contingent, be dependent, be conditional
      be subject to, be determined by, be decided by, revolve around
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Middle English henge; related to hang.