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[klang] /klæŋ/
verb (used without object)
to give out a loud, resonant sound, as that produced by a large bell or two heavy pieces of metal striking together:
The bells clanged from the steeples.
to move with such sounds:
The old truck clanged down the street.
verb (used with object)
to cause to resound or ring loudly.
a clanging sound.
Origin of clang
First recorded in 1570-80, clang is from the Latin word clangere to resound, clang
1. clash, din, clank, jangle. Unabridged
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  • He heard the hum and clang of an electric car off through a chestnut grove.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • From sea to sea there was stringing of bows in the cottage and clang of steel in the castle.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And then came the clang of the fire bell, and the waiting ranks were terrified.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • On a sudden the clang of the new church clock told that the hour had come.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Down at its bottom men shoveling coal to the clang of its gong.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Bob jumped to his feet as if he had heard the clang of a fire bell.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • From the hall came the clang of the elevator door and the sound of voices.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The clang reverberated through the tower like distant thunder.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The clang of hammer on anvil seemed to tear his ears; yet it drew him on too.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
British Dictionary definitions for clang


to make or cause to make a loud resounding noise, as metal when struck
(intransitive) to move or operate making such a sound
a resounding metallic noise
the harsh cry of certain birds
Word Origin
C16: from Latin clangere
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clang

1570s, echoic (originally of trumpets and birds), akin to or from Latin clangere "resound, ring," and Greek klange "sharp sound," from PIE *klang-, nasalized form of root *kleg- "to cry, sound." Related: Clanged; clanging.


1590s, from clang (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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