—v.t. 1. to hang or be suspended over: A great chandelier overhung the ballroom. 2. to extend, project, or jut over: A wide balcony overhangs the garden. 3. to impend over or threaten, as danger or evil; loom over: The threat of war overhung Europe. 4. to spread throughout; permeate; pervade: the melancholy that overhung the proceedings. 5. Informal.to hover over, as a threat or menace: Unemployment continues to overhang the economic recovery.
—v.i. to hang over; project or jut out over something below: How far does the balcony overhang?
—n. 1. something that extends or juts out over; projection.
2. the extent of projection, as of the bow of a ship.
3. Informal.an excess or surplus: an overhang of office space in midtown. 4. a threat or menace: to face the overhang of foreign reprisals. 5. Archit.a projecting upper part of a building, as a roof or balcony.