(chess, of a piece) Unprotected and exposed to capture.
- The hanging vines made the house look older than it was.
* hanging garden
* hanging loop
* hanging participle
(uncountable) The act of hanging a person (or oneself) by the neck in order to execute that person (or to commit suicide).
, 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?
(countable) A public event at which a person is hanged.
- Hanging is the punishment for one convicted of war crimes, there.
(countable) Anything wide, high and rather thin that is hung as a decorative element (such as curtains, gobelins, wallpaper or posters).
- The hanging of the bandits was attended by the whole village.
(uncountable) The way in which hangings (decorations) are arranged.
- The various hangings on that Christmas tree look nice.
- I dislike the cramped hanging in the gallery of 18th century painters.
* (execution) (l)
* wall hanging
* , portiere
Made of hemp.
* 1590: Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen (vol. 1)
* 1891: Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company
- In fowle reproch of knighthoods faire degree, / About his neck an hempen rope he weares, / That with his glistring armes does ill agree;
Related to hempen ropes, i.e., to hanging as capital punishment.
* 1904: Rafael Sabatini, The Tavern Night
- A quiet land is this -- a land where the slow-moving Basque, with his flat biretta-cap, his red sash and his hempen sandals, tills his scanty farm ...
English adjectives ending in -en
- ... but rid himself also of the companionship of this ruffianly Sir Crispin, to whom no doubt a hempen justice would be meted.