- a pattern of speech observed in some types of mental illness, as manic disorder, in which associations are based on punning or rhyming.
Origin of clanging
- 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.
- to cause to resound or ring loudly.
- a clanging sound.
Origin of clang
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Examples from the Web for clanging
From below came the clanging of Gaskin's gong announcing dinner.
There came a clanging of grapnels on the rail over the crouching defenders.
Overhead a bell was clanging by his orders, summoning the chapter.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
She heard Harry Hagberd say, "Hallo, dad," then a clanging clatter.To-morrow
She heard above her the clanging at the door of dream as she went with the Older Brother.Gilian The Dreamer
- to make or cause to make a loud resounding noise, as metal when struck
- (intr) to move or operate making such a sound
- a resounding metallic noise
- the harsh cry of certain birds
Word Origin and History for clanging
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.).