Definition of Hinge

1. Noun. A joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing relative to the other.

Exact synonyms: Flexible Joint
Group relationships: Bi-fold Door, Car Door, Exterior Door, Outside Door, French Door, Gate, Swing Door, Swinging Door
Specialized synonyms: Butt Hinge, Joint Hinge, Strap Hinge, T Hinge, Tee Hinge
Generic synonyms: Joint
Terms within: Pintle



2. Verb. Attach with a hinge.
Generic synonyms: Attach

3. Noun. A circumstance upon which subsequent events depend. "His absence is the hinge of our plan"
Generic synonyms: Circumstance

Definition of Hinge

1. n. The hook with its eye, or the joint, on which a door, gate, lid, etc., turns or swings; a flexible piece, as a strip of leather, which serves as a joint to turn on.

2. v. t. To attach by, or furnish with, hinges.

3. 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.

Definition of Hinge

1. Noun. A jointed or flexible device that allows the pivoting of a door etc. See also pintel. ¹

2. Noun. A stamp hinge, a folded and gummed paper rectangle for affixing postage stamps in an album. ¹

3. Noun. A point in time, on which subsequent events depend. ¹

4. Noun. (statistics) The median of the upper or lower half of a batch, sample, or probability distribution. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To attach by, or equip with a hinge. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To depend on something. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) archaeology The breaking off of the distal end of a knapped stone flake whose presumed course across the face of the stone core was truncated prematurely, leaving not a feathered distal end but instead the scar of a nearly perpendicular break. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hinge

1. to attach a jointed device [v HINGED, HINGING, HINGES]

Medical Definition of Hinge

1. 1. The hook with its eye, or the joint, on which a door, gate, lid, etc, turns or swings; a flexible piece, as a strip of leather, which serves as a joint to turn on. "The gate self-opened wide, On golden hinges turning." (Milton) 2. That on which anything turns or depends; a governing principle; a cardinal point or rule; as, this argument was the hinge on which the question turned. 3. One of the four cardinal points, east, west, north, or south. "When the moon is in the hinge at East." (Creech) "Nor slept the winds . . . But rushed abroad." (Milton) Hinge joint. Any joint resembling a hinge, by which two pieces are connected so as to permit relative turning in one plane. To be off the hinges, to be in a state of disorder or irregularity; to have lost proper adjustment. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hinge

hinds
hindshank
hindshanks
hindsight
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hindsightly
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hinduism
hindward
hindwater
hindwing
hindwings
hiney
hineys
hing
hinge (current term)
hinge-bow
hinge axis
hinge joint
hinge movement
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hinge position
hinge region
hinge termination
hinge upon
hinged
hinged flap
hingeing
hingeless
hingelike

Literary usage of Hinge

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1. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"Double-acting : — Action hinge. A hinge so arranged that the door or other ... Such a hinge is usually in the form of a butt hinge fitted with springs by ..."

2. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson (1828)
"To HISS, (hiss) t1. a. To condemn by hissing ; to explode. To hinge ... vn To turn or defend a« upon a hinge ; to hang. To HINT, (hint) va To bring to mind ..."

3. The Car-builder's Dictionary: An Illustrated Vocabulary of Terms which ...by Master Car-Builders' Association, Matthias Nace Forney, Arthur Mellen Wellington, Leander Garey, Calvin A. Smith by Master Car-Builders' Association, Matthias Nace Forney, Arthur Mellen Wellington, Leander Garey, Calvin A. Smith (1895)
"They are provided with a tube-like knuckle through which the hinge-pin, ... The common door-hinge is usually a butt or butt-hinge, the varieties of which ..."

4. Earth Features and Their Meaning: An Introduction to Geology for the Student by William Herbert Hobbs (1912)
"The strongly marked hinge lines, additional to the initial one indicated for the Algonquin beaches in the profiles by Gold- ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"and this third hinge disposes of the great uncertainty of temperature stresses and allows the exact calculation of the true stresses and sections by static ..."

6. A Text-book on Roofs and Bridges by Mansfield Merriman (1898)
"THE TRUSS WITH CENTER hinge. The second kind of stiffening truss where one or both of the chords is broken at the middle is called a truss with center hinge ..."

7. A Text-book on Roofs and Bridges by Mansfield Merriman, Henry Sylvester Jacoby (1907)
"It cannot, however, be assumed that the partial live load is entirely distributed to the cable, since the introduction of the center hinge furnishes a ..."

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