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HINGE, noun hinj. [This word appears to be connected with hang, and with angle, the verb.]

1. The hook or joint on which a door or gate turns.

The gate self-opened wide

On golden hinges turning.

2. That on which any thing depends or turns; a governing principle, rule or point. This argument was the hinge on which the question turned.

3. A cardinal point; as east, west, north or south. [Little Used.]

To be off the hinges, is to be in a state of disorder or irregularity.

HINGE, verb transitive To furnish with hinges.

1. To bend. [Little Used.]

HINGE, verb intransitive To stand, depend or turn, as on a hinge The question hinges on this single point.