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.
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
fastener (part of speech: noun)
guy, connector, brace, knitting, stay, anchor, bracket, nail, fuse, hawser, spike, vinculum, lace, hitch, snap, tie, link, belt, paste, go-between, hook, cinch, medium, cotter, stitch, fastener, middleman, grapnel, cleat, fastening, rivet, staple, thread, suture, clasp, closure, string, band, agent, chain, buckle, weld, seal, pin, catch, braid, lock, clamp, twine, hasp, rabbet, binding, ligament, clinch, mediator, brad, cincture, coupling, latch, bonding, splice, zipper, clip, binder, bolt, skewer, tack, strap, knot, mucilage, bond, vise, button, glue, cement
fasten (part of speech: verb)
support (part of speech: verb)
- It is a question of degree; and the settlement of that question is made to hinge entirely on the comparative uncertainty of our prospect after death. - "Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws", James Buchanan.
- The top section was fitted with a leather hinge, which allowed the upper half of it to slope back at an angle of forty- five degrees, so that the hiding- place should not appear to be hollow. - "'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany", Gerald Featherstone Knight.
- My little portmanteau was in the boot under my feet; I had but to turn a hinge to get it out; I threw it down before me, got down after it, and was left at the first lamp on the first stones of the town pavement. - "Great Expectations", Charles Dickens.