dangling Definition

  • 1hanging or swinging loosely
  • 2not yet resolved or dealt with; still in a uncertain or unresolved state
  • 3present participle of 'dangle'

Using dangling: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dangling" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The keys were dangling from the lock.

  • Example

    She was sitting on the edge of the cliff, her feet dangling over the edge.

  • Example

    There is a dangling thread in the sweater.

  • Example

    The issue of funding for the project is still dangling.

dangling Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for dangling

Antonyms for dangling

Phrases with dangling

  • a word or phrase that modifies a word not clearly stated in the sentence


    Dangling modifier: Running down the street, the tree came into view. Revised: Running down the street, I saw the tree come into view.

  • a participle that is intended to modify a noun or pronoun but is not connected grammatically to the word it is intended to modify


    Dangling participle: Walking through the park, the flowers were in bloom. Revised: Walking through the park, I noticed the flowers were in bloom.

  • a conversation that is left unfinished or unresolved


    We had a dangling conversation about our future plans and never came to a conclusion.


Summary: dangling in Brief

The term 'dangling' [ˈdaŋɡ(ə)lɪŋ] describes something that is hanging or swinging loosely, such as 'The keys were dangling from the lock.' It can also refer to something that is not yet resolved or dealt with, like 'The issue of funding for the project is still dangling.' 'Dangling' is also used in grammar to describe a modifier or participle that is not properly connected to the word it modifies, as in 'Walking through the park, the flowers were in bloom.'

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