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clank

[klangk] /klæŋk/
noun
1.
a sharp, hard, nonresonant sound, like that produced by two pieces of metal striking, one against the other:
the clank of chains; the clank of an iron gate slamming shut.
verb (used without object)
2.
to make such a sound.
3.
to move with such sounds:
The old jalopy clanked up the hill.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to make a sharp sound, as metal in collision:
He clanked the shovel against the pail.
5.
to place, put, set, etc., with a clank:
to clank the cell door shut.
Origin of clank
1605-1615
1605-15; < Dutch klank sound
Related forms
clankingly, adverb
clankingness, noun
clankless, adjective
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Examples from the Web for clanking
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  • They swept around the circle at a sharp gallop, the clanking spurs and rattling sabres keeping time to the roar of the music.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard Molly Elliot Seawell
  • There are shouts of the men, clanking of chains, and puffing of locomotives.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • And from within the gate came groans and the whistling of scourges and the clanking of chains.

  • They heard the clanking stoppage, the shrill whistle of departure.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The two prisoners got upon their feet, trailing each a length of clanking chain.

  • There were a clamor of voices, a rustle of silks, a clanking of spurs and swords.

  • The key to the door hung with a dozen others, large and clanking at the belt of her blue jeans apron.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • For nearly an hour longer the pounding and clanking continued.

    The Rover Boys Under Canvas Arthur M. Winfield
  • The clanking swords, the thunder of cannons—all these were not.

    The Nameless Castle Maurus Jkai
  • The clanking and thud of relays sounded, the shrill of alarms.

    The Ultimate Weapon John Wood Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for clanking

clank

/klæŋk/
noun
1.
an abrupt harsh metallic sound
verb
2.
to make or cause to make such a sound
3.
(intransitive) to move or operate making such a sound
Derived Forms
clankingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clanking

clank

v.

1610s, perhaps echoic, perhaps a blend of clang (v.) and clink (v.), perhaps from a Low German source (cf. Middle Dutch clank, Dutch klank, Old High German klanc, Middle Low German klank, German Klang).

n.

1650s, from clank (v.). Reduplicated form clankety-clank attested from 1895.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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