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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)

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.

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."