Hinge

Definition of Hinge

n.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.
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
a - (Anat.) See Ginglymus.
b - (Mech.) 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.
- Tillotson.
v. t.1.To attach by, or furnish with, hinges.
[imp. & p. p. Hinged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hinging .]
2.To bend.
v. i.1.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.

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