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hinge

hinge

 
pronunciation:
hInj
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a device, as on a door or lid, usu. consisting of two pieces connected at a joint so that one piece can open, close, or swing upon the other, stationary piece.
The hinges allow the door to open and close.
 
similar words:
joint, pivot
definition 2: a part of a living organism that functions similarly, such as an elbow or the part that connects the two halves of a clam shell.
synonyms:
joint
similar words:
ankle, articulation, elbow, knee
definition 3: a crucial part or principle, as of an argument.
This was the hinge of his defense.
synonyms:
basis, foundation
similar words:
care, center, premise
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: hinged, hinges, hinging
definition: to depend (usu. fol. by on or upon).
Success hinges upon her cooperation.
synonyms:
depend, hang
similar words:
pivot, rest, ride
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to supply or connect with or as if with a hinge or hinges.
The door was hinged on the left side.
similar words:
articulate, joint, pivot
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derivation: hingelike (adj.)
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