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hinge

see hinge joint.

craniofacial hinge
flexible connection between the skull bones in many birds and reptiles which permit the upper jaw to be raised at the same time as the mandible is depressed; well developed between the nasal and frontal bones in psittacine birds.
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I think his broad brow to be full of a prairie-like placidity, born of a speculative indifference as to death.
Some of the men gather about the bar; some wander about, laughing and singing; here and there will be a little group, chanting merrily, and in sublime indifference to the others and to the orchestra as well.
The callous indifference was gone; there was now sensibility, hope, desire, and the striving for good,--a strife irregular, interrupted, suspended oft, but yet renewed again.
It was a most gaudy and gorgeous crowd, as to cos- tumery, and very characteristic of the country and the time, in the way of high animal spirits, innocent inde- cencies of language, and happy-hearted indifference to morals.
and she returns you, with elaborate indifference, a beggar's answer:
Wilson bit his lip, but answered, "No--not yet," with as much indifference as he could assume.
succeeded in the true English style, burying under a calmness that seemed all but indifference, the real attachment which would have led either of them, if requisite, to do every thing for the good of the other.
Elinor, without observing the varying complexion of her sister, and the animated look which spoke no indifference to the plan, immediately gave a grateful but absolute denial for both, in which she believed herself to be speaking their united inclinations.
And how many things that he wouldn't lose for the world will he have to give up before he is thirty, I reflected sententiously,--give up at last, maybe, with a stony indifference, as men on a sinking ship take no thought of the gold and specie in the hold.
The alarming indifference discoverable in the exercise of so invaluable a privilege under the existing laws, which afford every facility to it, furnishes a ready answer to this question.