hinge

Definitions

General English

Agriculture

  • noun soil which is left uncut by a plough when it has failed to cut a full furrow

Aviation

  • noun a device which allows a door, flap or lid to open and close on a stationary frame
  • verb to move against a stationary frame

Construction

  • A flexible piece or a pair of plates or leaves joined by a pin so as to allow swinging motion in a single plane of one of the members to which it is attached, such as a door or gate.

Publishing

  • noun a line along which a book cover bends, where the front or back of the cover joins the spine, strengthened in cased books by a strip of gauze

Real Estate

  • noun a movable joint of metal or plastic used to fasten together two things, e.g. a box and its lid, and allow one of them to pivot

Origin & History of “hinge”

Hinge is generally agreed to be related to the verb hang, and to mean etymologically ‘something on which a door hangs’, but the circumstances of its formation are obscure (as indeed are the reasons for its rhyming with singe, a 16th-century development; before that it rhymed with sing).
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