Definition of "overhang" []

  • To project or extend beyond. (verb-transitive)
  • To loom over: The threat of nuclear war overhangs modern society. (verb-transitive)
  • To ornament with hangings. (verb-transitive)
  • To project over something that lies beneath. See Synonyms at bulge. (verb-intransitive)
  • A projecting part, such as an architectural structure or a rock formation. (noun)
  • To project or extend beyond (a surface, building, etc) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To hang or be suspended over (verb)
  • To menace, threaten, or dominate (verb)
  • A formation, object, part of a structure, etc, that extends beyond or hangs over something, such as an outcrop of rock overhanging a mountain face (noun)
  • The amount or extent of projection (noun)
  • Half the difference in span of the main supporting surfaces of a biplane or other multiplane (noun)
  • The distance from the outer supporting strut of a wing to the wing tip (noun)
  • The shares, collectively, that the underwriters have to buy when a new issue has not been fully taken up by the market (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "overhang" in a sentence
  • "The Uniform Building Code allows buildings to overhang adjacent public streets if the underside of the overhang is at least a certain height above the street."
  • "And I think that that is definitely a good thing because we certainly have more speakers of Spanish in this country than we have speakers of French, and that business with the French was kind of an overhang from the old days, kind of like our post-G. I."
  • "Instead, said UPS employee decided to toss the item onto my patio, where there is a slight overhang from the patio above, but this does little to nothing at keeping rain from falling to the patio below."