Meaning of hinge


A hinge is a type of joint that attaches two things together while allowing for limited movement. A door hinge fastens the door to the wall and lets the door swing open.

A hinge is a joint that holds two pieces of something together while allowing one piece to move in a swinging motion. When used as a verb, hinge can mean “to attach a hinge.” Hinge can also be used to indicate that one key event depends on another, as in “The athlete’s future with the team will hinge on his performance at tonight’s game” or “The success of this product hinges on how many units are sold this month.”

Definitions of hinge
  1. noun

    a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing relative to the other


    flexible joint

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    butt hinge

    a hinge mortised flush into the edge of the door and jamb
    joint hinge, strap hinge

    a hinge with two long straps; one strap is fastened to the surface of a moving part (e.g., a door or lid) and the other is fastened to the adjacent stationary frame
    T hinge, tee hinge

    a hinge that looks like the letter T when it is opened; similar to a strap hinge except that one strap has been replaced by half of a butt hinge that can be mortised flush into the stationary frame
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    junction by which parts or objects are joined together

  2. noun

    a circumstance upon which subsequent events depend

    “his absence is the
    hinge of our plan”
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    a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity

  3. verb

    attach with a hinge

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    cause to be attached

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