from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to let fall below the proper position; to bend down; to decline; as, to hang down the head, or, elliptically, to hang the head.
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King began to talk to her and asked her of her name; but she abode still silent and uttered not a syllable nor made him any answer, neither ceased to hang down her head groundwards, and it was but the excess of her beauty and loveliness and the amorous grace that saved her from the royal wrath.
In the early stages of labor the patient stands, as she urinates, with her hands on her knees; later, she stands up, supported by a woman on each side, or a rope is cast over a joist of the roof and allowed to hang down in a wide loop; she puts her breast in the loop and holds on to the ascending ropes, her feet on the floor, in a half-sitting (squatting) posture, thus obtaining great expulsive force; if tired and worn, she lies down.
The mantle was fastened to Penrod's shoulder (that is, to the shoulder of Mrs. Schofield's ex-bodice) by means of large safety-pins, and arranged to hang down behind him, touching his heels, but obscuring nowise the glory of his facade.