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

  • v. Past tense and past participle of overhang.
  • adj. Suspended from above: an overhung door.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of overhang.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Covered over; ornamented with hangings.
  • adj. Suspended from above or from the top.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hung from above: said of a sliding door when it moves, by means of door-hangers or other appliances, upon a rail at the top. An underhung door is one in which the weight of the door is carried by a rail resting on the floor or by the wall near the base of the door.
  • In mech., having no outboard bearing; hanging on the end of a shaft; hung on or supported by a shaft having a bearing only on one side of the piece which is supported.


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  • The centerpiece is a marble counter that seats 20 and anchors the dining room, overhung with brass pendant lights.

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  • Leaves float on the murky surface overhung with branches and, after the mainline rail bridge, our boat bumps the bottom as it comes alongside a wharf.

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  • It was surrounded by mangroves that overhung the deep water.


  • In fact, the stone above actually overhung just beyond where I first landed.


  • Oloof climbed to the brow of the cliff to hurl great stones down into the pit, but the cliff overhung, and he hurled down abuse and insult instead, and promised bitter torture to them in the end.



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