• (figuratively) A grip, understanding

    "He got the hang of it after only two demonstrations"

  • (Ireland, informal, derogatory) Cheap, processed ham (cured pork), often made specially for sandwiches.
  • The way in which something hangs.

    "This skirt has a nice hang."

  • A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
  • (computing) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices.

    "We sometimes get system hangs."

  • Alternative spelling of Hang


  • (transitive, computing) To prevent from reaching a decision, especially by refusing to join in a verdict that must be unanimous.

    "One obstinate juror can hang a jury."

  • (transitive, chess) To cause (a piece) to become vulnerable to capture.

    "If you move there, you'll hang your queen rook."

  • (intransitive) To be or remain suspended.

    "The lights hung from the ceiling."

  • (transitive) To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect.

    "He hung his head in shame."

  • (transitive, law) To execute (someone) by suspension from the neck.

    "The culprits were hanged from the nearest tree."

  • (transitive) To exhibit (an object) by hanging.
  • (intransitive, figuratively) To remain persistently in one's thoughts.
  • (transitive, computing) To cause (a program or computer) to stop responding.

    "The program has a bug that can hang the system."

  • (intransitive, of a ball in cricket, tennis, etc.) To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of the ground.
  • (transitive) To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger, or the like.

    "1611, Bible (Authorized, or King James, Version), Luke 17:1-2It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."

  • (intransitive, informal) To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.

    "Are you busy, or can you hang with me?  I didn't see anything, officer. I was just hanging."

  • (transitive) To decorate (something) with hanging objects.

    "Let's hang the nursery with some new wallpaper."

  • (intransitive, computing) To stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard and mouse.

    "The computer has hung again. Not even pressing ++ works.  When I push this button the program hangs."

  • (intransitive, chess) To be vulnerable to capture.

    "In this standard opening position White has to be careful because the pawn on e4 hangs."

  • (intransitive) To float, as if suspended.

    "The smoke hung in the room."

  • (transitive) To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger, or the like.

    "Hang those lights from the ceiling."

  • (intransitive, law) To be executed by suspension by one's neck from a gallows, a tree, or other raised bar, attached by a rope tied into a noose.

    "You will hang for this, my friend."

  • (transitive) To apply (wallpaper or drywall to a wall).

    "Let's hang this cute animal design in the nursery."

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