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habeas corpus Tweet Definition of habeas corpus Like Definition of habeas corpus on Facebook
  1. A common law writ, or order, used to challenge the legality of imprisonment.
HAND Tweet Definition of HAND Like Definition of HAND on Facebook
  1. Have a nice day.
hang Tweet Definition of hang Like Definition of hang on Facebook
  1. The way in which something hangs
This skirt has a nice hang
  1. (computing) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices
We sometimes get system hangs
verb (hangs, hanging, hung or hanged (see Usage notes), hung or hanged (see Usage notes))
  1. (intransitive) To be or remain suspended
The lights hung from the ceiling.
  1. (intransitive) To float, as if suspended.
The smoke hung in the room.
  1. (intransitive) To be executed by suspension by one's neck from a gallows, a tree, or other raised bar, attached by a rope tied into a noose
You will hang for this, my friend.
  1. (intransitive) (informal) To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.
Are you busy, or can you hang with me?
I didn't see anything, officer. I was just hanging.
  1. (intransitive) (chess) to be vulnerable to capture.
In this standard opening position White has to be careful because the pawn on e4 hangs.
  1. (intransitive) (computing) to stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard or mouse
The computer has hung again. Not even pressing <nowiki><Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del></nowiki> works.
When I push this button the program hangs.
  1. (transitive) to cause (something) to be suspended
Hang those lights from the ceiling.
  1. (transitive) to place on a hook
  2. (transitive) to exhibit (a painting)
  3. (transitive) to apply (wallpaper to a wall)
  4. (transitive) to decorate (something) with hanging objects
  5. (transitive) (computing) to cause (a program or computer) to stop responding
The program has a bug that can hang the system.
  1. (transitive) to execute (someone) by suspension from the neck
The culprits were hanged from the nearest tree.
  1. (transitive) (chess) to cause (a piece) to become vulnerable to capture
If you move there, you'll hang your queen rook.
  1. (transitive) To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect
He hung his head in shame.
  1. (intransitive) To "hang up" means to disconnect a telephone call.
  2. "Hang up my X" can mean "stop doing Y", where X is a characteristic kit item used in the sport or work occupation Y, e.g. "It's time I hung up my fins" may mean "Due to advancing old age I should stop scuba diving".
hearing Tweet Definition of hearing Like Definition of hearing on Facebook
noun (plural: hearings)
  1. The sense used to perceive sound.
My isn't what it used to be, but I still heard that noise.
  1. A proceeding at which discussions are heard.
There will be a public to discuss the new traffic light.
  1. A legal procedure done before a judge, without a jury, as with an evidentiary hearing.
  1. Able to hear.
Deaf people often must deal with people.
herbage Tweet Definition of herbage Like Definition of herbage on Facebook
  1. herbs collectively
  2. herbaceous plant growth, especially grass.
  3. the fleshy, often edible, parts of plants.
  4. right of pasture.
heriot Tweet Definition of heriot Like Definition of heriot on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) the return of military equipment
  2. (archaic) a payment made to a lord on the death of a tenant
  3. (dated) a tribute
hide Tweet Definition of hide Like Definition of hide on Facebook
  1. (countable) The skin of an animal.
  2. (countable) (italbrac, mainly British) A covered structure from which hunters, birdwatchers, etc can observe animals without scare, scaring them.
  3. A medieval land measure equal to the amount of land that could sustain one free family; usually 100 acres. Forty hides equalled a barony.
verb (hides, hiding, hid, hidden)
  1. (transitive) To put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight.
He hides his magazines under the bed.
The politicians were accused of keeping information hidden from the public.
  1. (intransitive) To put oneself in a place where one will be harder to find or out of sight.
hold Tweet Definition of hold Like Definition of hold on Facebook
  1. A grasp or grip.
Keep a firm on the handlebars.
  1. Something reserved or kept.
We have a here for you.
  1. (italbrac, wrestling) A position or grip used to control the opponent.
He got him in a tight and pinned him to the mat.
  1. (nautical) The cargo area of a ship, (often cargo hold).
Put that in the .
  1. (italbrac, gambling) The percentage the house wins on a gamble.
verb (holds, holding, held, held or rarely holden)
  1. (transitive) To grasp or grip.
Hold the pencil like this.
  1. (transitive) To contain or store.
This package holds six bottles.
  1. (transitive) To have and keep possession of something.
Hold my coat for me.
  1. (transitive) To reserve.
Hold a table for us at 7:00.
  1. (transitive) To cause to wait or delay.
Hold the elevator.
  1. (transitive) To detain.
Hold the suspect in this cell.
holder Tweet Definition of holder Like Definition of holder on Facebook
  1. A thing that holds.
holographic will Tweet Definition of holographic will Like Definition of holographic will on Facebook
  1. : a will that is handwritten by the testator, without the usual formalities of will execution
hue and cry Tweet Definition of hue and cry Like Definition of hue and cry on Facebook
  1. (formerly) the public pursuit of a felon; accompanied by shouts to warn others to give chase
  2. (context, by extension) a loud and persistent public clamour; especially one of protest or making some demand
hypothec Tweet Definition of hypothec Like Definition of hypothec on Facebook
  1. Scottish law. A landlord's right over the stocking (cattle, implements, etc.), and crops of his tenant, as security for payment of rent.
  1. Colloquially used for "the whole lot".
    ..saddle and all, the whole hypothec turned round and grovelled in the dust below the donkey"s belly.

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