Pronunciation: (hang'ing),[key] —n. 1. the act, an instance, or the form of capital punishment carried out by suspending one by the neck from a gallows, gibbet, or the like, until dead.
2. Often, hangings. something that hangs or is hung on the walls of a room, as a drapery or tapestry.
3. a suspending or temporary attaching, as of a painting: a careless hanging of pictures.
—adj. 1. punishable by, deserving, or causing death by hanging: a hanging crime; a hanging offense. 2. inclined to inflict death by hanging: a hanging jury. 3. suspended; pendent; overhanging: a hanging cliff. 4. situated on a steep slope or at a height: a hanging garden. 5. directed downward: a hanging look. 6. made, holding, or suitable for a hanging object.