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Definition of hinge:

  1. One of the four cardinal points, east, west, north, or south.
  2. That on which anything turns or depends; a governing principle; a cardinal point or rule; as, this argument was the hinge on which the question turned.
  3. The hook with its eye, or the joint, on which a door, gate, lid, etc., turns or swings; a flexible piece, as a strip of leather, which serves as a joint to turn on.
  4. To attach by, or furnish with, hinges.
  5. To bend.
  6. To stand, depend, hang, or turn, as on a hinge; to depend chiefly for a result or decision or for force and validity; - usually with on or upon; as, the argument hinges on this point.

Synonyms:

cross garnet, flexible joint, fast-joint, pivot, loose-pin, lifting butt, backflap, knee, rising, articulation, articulated joint, elbow, sliding, butt, spring, hook-and-eye, skew, turnover, ball-and-socket, blind, flap, juncture.

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