from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To project or extend beyond.
  • transitive v. To loom over: The threat of nuclear war overhangs modern society.
  • transitive v. To ornament with hangings.
  • intransitive v. To project over something that lies beneath. See Synonyms at bulge.
  • n. A projecting part, such as an architectural structure or a rock formation.
  • n. An amount of projection: an overhang of six inches.
  • n. Nautical The part of a bow or stern that projects over the water.
  • n. A supply of a commodity in excess of what can easily be disposed of: An unusually warm winter created an overhang in oil stocks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To hang over (something).
  • n. The volume that tips the balance between the demand and the supply toward demand lagging supply.
  • n. That portion of the roof structure that extends beyond the exterior walls of a building.
  • n. A fatty roll of pubis flab that hangs over one's genitals, a FUPA

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In a general sense, that which just out or projects; a projection; also, the measure of the projection.
  • n. The projection of an upper part (as a roof, an upper story, or other part) of a building beyond the lower part
  • n. The portion of the bow or stem of a vessel that projects over the water beyond the water line.
  • n. The projection of a part beyond another part that is directly below it, or beyond a part by which it is supported
  • intransitive v. To jut over.
  • transitive v. To impend or hang over.
  • transitive v. To hang over; to jut or project over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To impend or hang over; jut or project over; hence, to threaten.
  • To overdo with ornamentation.
  • To support from above.
  • To jut over: opposed to batter.
  • n. A projecting part; also, the extent to which some part projects: as, the overhang of the ship's stern is 20 feet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be suspended over or hang over
  • v. project over
  • n. projection that extends beyond or hangs over something else


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English oferhangan, corresponding to over- +‎ hang.



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