tang

1
[ tang ]
/ tæŋ /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to furnish with a tang.

Origin of tang

1
1300–50; Middle English tange tongue of a snake, projection on a tool, perhaps < Old Norse tangi projection, headland

Definition for tang (2 of 3)

tang

2
[ tang ]
/ tæŋ /

noun

a sharp ringing or twanging sound; clang.

verb (used with or without object)

to ring or twang; clang.

Origin of tang

2
1550–60; imitative; see ting1

Definition for tang (3 of 3)

T'ang

or Tang

[ tahng ]
/ tɑŋ /

noun

a dynasty in China, a.d. 618–907, marked by territorial expansion, the invention of printing, and the high development of poetry.
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British Dictionary definitions for tang (1 of 2)

tang

/ (tæŋ) /

noun

a strong taste or flavourthe tang of the sea
a pungent or characteristic smellthe tang of peat fires
a trace, touch, or hint of somethinga tang of cloves in the apple pie
the pointed end of a tool, such as a chisel, file, knife, etc, which is fitted into a handle, shaft, or stock

Word Origin for tang

C14: from Old Norse tangi point; related to Danish tange point, spit

British Dictionary definitions for tang (2 of 2)

Tang

/ (tæŋ) /

noun

the imperial dynasty of China from 618–907 ad
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Word Origin and History for tang

tang


n.

mid-14c., "serpent's tongue" (thought to be a stinging organ), later "sharp extension of a metal blade" (1680s), from Old Norse tangi "spit of land, pointed metal tool," perhaps related to tunga "tongue" (see tongue). Figurative sense of "a sharp taste" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "suggestion, trace" is from 1590s. The fish (1734) so called for their spines.

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