Hanging vs Gallows - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between hanging and gallows

is that hanging is while gallows is (gallow).

As nouns the difference between hanging and gallows

is that hanging is (uncountable) the act of hanging a person (or oneself) by the neck in order to execute that person (or to commit suicide) while gallows is wooden framework on which persons are put to death by hanging.

As a adjective hanging

is suspended.

hanging

English

Verb

(head)
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • Suspended.
  • The hanging vines made the house look older than it was.
  • (chess, of a piece) Unprotected and exposed to capture.
  • Derived terms

    * hanging garden * hanging loop * hanging participle

    Noun

    (wikipedia hanging)
  • (uncountable) The act of hanging a person (or oneself) by the neck in order to execute that person (or to commit suicide).
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year = 1728 , chapter = The Atheist, or, the Second Part of the Solider's Fortune , title = The Works of Mr. Thomas Otway , volume = 2 , first = Thomas , last = Otway , authorlink = Thomas Otway , location = London , page = 37 , url = http://books.google.com/books?id=yF1AAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA37 , passage = No, Sir, 'tis fear of Hanging . Who would not ?teal, or do Murder, every time his Fingers itch'd at it, were it not for fear of the Gallows? }}
    Hanging is the punishment for one convicted of war crimes, there.
  • (countable) A public event at which a person is hanged.
  • The hanging of the bandits was attended by the whole village.
  • (countable) Anything wide, high and rather thin that is hung as a decorative element (such as curtains, gobelins, wallpaper or posters).
  • The various hangings on that Christmas tree look nice.
  • (uncountable) The way in which hangings (decorations) are arranged.
  • I dislike the cramped hanging in the gallery of 18th century painters.

    Synonyms

    * (execution) (l)

    Derived terms

    * wall hanging

    See also

    * , portiere

    gallows

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), (m), from (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • Wooden framework on which persons are put to death by hanging.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year = 1728 , chapter = The Atheist, or, the Second Part of the Solider's Fortune , title = The Works of Mr. Thomas Otway , volume = 2 , first = Thomas , last = Otway , authorlink = Thomas Otway , location = London , page = 37 , url = http://books.google.com/books?id=yF1AAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA37 , passage = No, Sir, 'tis fear of Hanging. Who would not ?teal, or do Murder, every time his Fingers itch'd at it, were it not for fear of the Gallows ? }}
  • (colloquial, obsolete) A wretch who deserves to be hanged.
  • * 1590 , , V. ii. 12:
  • Ay, and a shrewd unhappy gallows too. / You'll ne'er be friends with him: a' kill'd your sister.
  • (printing, obsolete) The rest for the tympan when raised.
  • (colloquial, obsolete) suspenders; braces
  • Synonyms
    * gallows tree, gallow tree, hanging tree, gibbet
    Derived terms
    * gallows bird, gallows humor, gallous

    Etymology 2

    Verb

    (head)
  • (gallow)