hinge


hinge
hingeless, adj.hingelike, adj.
/hinj/, n., v., hinged, hinging.
n.
1. a jointed device or flexible piece on which a door, gate, shutter, lid, or other attached part turns, swings, or moves.
2. a natural anatomical joint at which motion occurs around a transverse axis, as that of the knee or a bivalve shell.
3. that on which something is based or depends; pivotal consideration or factor.
4. Also called mount. Philately. a gummed sticker for affixing a stamp to a page of an album, so folded as to form a hinge, allowing the stamp to be raised to reveal the text beneath.
v.i.
5. to be dependent or contingent on, or as if on, a hinge (usually fol. by on or upon): Everything hinges on his decision.
v.t.
6. to furnish with or attach by a hinge or hinges.
7. to attach as if by a hinge.
8. to make or consider as dependent upon; predicate: He hinged his action on future sales.
[1250-1300; ME henge; c. LG heng(e), MD henge hinge; akin to HANG]
Syn. 5. rest, swing, pivot, depend.

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  • Hinge — Hinge, n. [OE. henge, heeng; akin to D. heng, LG. henge, Prov. E. hingle a small hinge; connected with hang, v., and Icel. hengja to hang. See {Hang}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The hook with its eye, or the joint, on which a door, gate, lid, etc., turns …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hinge — hinge; hinge·less; un·hinge; un·hinge·ment; …   English syllables

  • Hinge — Hinge, v. i. To stand, depend, hang, or turn, as on a hinge; to depend chiefly for a result or decision or for force and validity; usually with on or upon; as, the argument hinges on this point. I. Taylor [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hinge — ► NOUN ▪ a movable joint or mechanism by which a door, gate, or lid opens and closes or which connects linked objects. ► VERB (hingeing or hinging) 1) attach or join with a hinge. 2) (hinge on) depend entirely on. ORIGIN related to …   English terms dictionary

  • hinge — [hinj] n. [ME, earlier henge (vowel raised before nasal) < hengen (< ON hengja) or < hangen: see HANG] 1. a joint or device on which a door, gate, lid, etc. swings 2. a natural joint, as of the bivalve shell of a clam or oyster 3. a thin …   English World dictionary

  • Hinge — Hinge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hinged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hinging}.] 1. To attach by, or furnish with, hinges. [1913 Webster] 2. To bend. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hinge\ on — • hinge (up)on v To depend on as decisive: be decided by. In a dictatorship, everything hinges on one man. A tobacco grower s income for the year may hinge on what the weather is like in a few summer weeks …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hinge on — (something) to depend on something. The case hinged on whether the jury believed the accused thief or the two witnesses. Etymology: based on the idea that a door is attached to its frame by a hinge (= folding device) …   New idioms dictionary

  • hinge — [n] pivot, turning point articulation, axis, ball and socket, butt, elbow, hook, joint, juncture, knee, link, pin, spring, swivel; concepts 471,498 hinge [v] be contingent on be subject to, be undecided, depend, hang, pend, pivot, rest, revolve… …   New thesaurus

  • hinge — index crossroad (turning point) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hinge — vb *depend, hang, turn Analogous words: *swing, fluctuate, undulate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms