gong

[ gawng, gong ]
/ gɔŋ, gɒŋ /
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noun

a large bronze disk, of Asian origin, having an upturned rim, that produces a vibrant, hollow tone when struck, usually with a stick or hammer that has a padded head.
a shallow bell sounded by a hammer operated electrically or mechanically: The fire-alarm system will automatically sound the gong.
(in a clock or watch) a rod or wire, either straight or bent into a spiral, on which the time is struck.
British Slang. a medal or military decoration.

verb (used without object)

to sound as a gong does; ring, chime, or reverberate.

Nearby words

  1. goner,
  2. goneril,
  3. gonfalon,
  4. gonfalonier,
  5. gonfanon,
  6. gong buoy,
  7. gongorism,
  8. gongyo,
  9. goniatite,
  10. gonidium

Origin of gong

1800–10; < Malay, Javanese: any suspended bossed and rimmed gong; presumably imitative

Related formsgong·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for gonged

gong

/ (ɡɒŋ) /

noun

Also called: tam-tam a percussion instrument of indefinite pitch, consisting of a metal platelike disc struck with a soft-headed drumstick
a rimmed metal disc, hollow metal hemisphere, or metal strip, tube, or wire that produces a note when struck. It may be used to give alarm signals when operated electromagnetically
a fixed saucer-shaped bell, as on an alarm clock, struck by a mechanically operated hammer
British slang a medal, esp a military one

verb

(intr) to sound a gong
(tr) (of traffic police) to summon (a driver) to stop by sounding a gong
Derived Formsgonglike, adjective

Word Origin for gong

C17: from Malay, of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for gonged

gong

n.

c.1600, from Malay gong, probably imitative of its sound when struck. As a verb from 1903.

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