hanging
I. adjective Date: 12th century 1. situated or lying on steeply sloping ground 2. a. jutting out ; overhanging <
a hanging rock
>
b. supported only by the wall on one side <
a hanging staircase
>
3. archaic downcast in appearance 4. adapted for sustaining a hanging object 5. deserving, likely to cause, or prone to inflict death by hanging II. noun Date: 14th century 1. an execution by strangling or breaking the neck by a suspended noose 2. something hung: as a. curtain b. a covering (as a tapestry) for a wall 3. a downward slope ; declivity

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