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gong

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noun \ˈgäŋ, ˈgȯŋ\

Simple Definition of gong

  • : a large metal disc that makes a deep ringing sound when it is struck with a padded hammer

  • : a medal or award

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gong

  1. 1 :  a disk-shaped percussion instrument that produces a resounding tone when struck with a usually padded hammer

  2. 2 a :  a saucer-shaped bell (as in a fire alarm) that is struck by a mechanical hammer b :  a wire rod wound in a flat spiral for sounding the time or chime or alarm (as in a clock)

  3. 3 British :  medal

gong

intransitive verb

Examples of gong in a sentence

  1. They sounded a gong to summon us to dinner.



Origin and Etymology of gong

Malay & Javanese, of imitative origin


First Known Use: circa 1590

Rhymes with gong


GONG Defined for Kids

gong

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noun \ˈgäŋ, ˈgȯŋ\

Definition of gong for Students

  1. :  a metallic disk that produces a harsh ringing tone when struck




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