|1.||[ noun ] a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing relative to the other|
|Related terms:||joint butt_hinge tee_hinge strap_hinge gate exterior_door swing_door car_door French_door bi-fold_door pintle|
|2.||[ verb ] attach with a hinge|
|3.||[ noun ] a circumstance upon which subsequent events depend|
"his absence is the hinge of our plan"