\ ˈklaŋ How to pronounce clang (audio) \
clanged; clanging; clangs

Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to make a loud metallic ringing sound anvils clanged
b : to go with a clang
2 : to utter the characteristic harsh cry of a bird

transitive verb

: to cause to clang clang a bell



Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud ringing metallic sound the clang of a fire alarm
2 : a harsh cry of a bird (such as a crane or goose)

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Synonyms for clang

Synonyms: Noun

clangor, clank, clash, whang

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Examples of clang in a Sentence


His fork clanged against the plate. The prison door clanged shut. The guard clanged the door shut.


the horseshoe hit the stake with a satisfying clang
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This ratcheted up the response from the crowd, and people began throwing things — pocket change clanged off the car and struck officers. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "The Night the Stonewall Inn Became a Proud Shrine," 27 June 2019 Two of Devers’s hits — one misplayed by the White Sox, one a legitimate rocket off the Wall for a single — were to left, one double clanged off the fence in center, and another two-bagger sizzled between outfielders in right-center. Alex Speier,, "Red Sox defeat White Sox at Fenway," 25 June 2019 The ball clanged off Canha’s glove, and Trivino then walked Daniel Vogelbach on four pitches to load the bases. Susan Slusser,, "Another rough outing for Lou Trivino, A’s lose to Mariners," 16 June 2019 Instead of long grey corridors lined with clanging metal-doored cells, inmates stay in smaller units that hold up to 64 people, plus a deputy. The Economist, "A jail in Denver offers some lessons for criminal-justice reformers," 28 June 2019 With little more than two minutes left in the third quarter, Thompson leaped for a dunk attempt, drew contact from Toronto guard Danny Green and, while the ball clanged off the rim, landed awkwardly. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ season over: Klay Thompson tears ACL in Game 6 loss to Raptors," 14 June 2019 When a door clanged, the animals shot out of the water. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 The Bears, of course, lost to the Eagles in the wild-card round last January when Cody Parkey’s short FG was partially blocked and clanged off the goal post, giving Philly a 16-15 win and sending Bears fans into a deep depression. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "The Bears are trying something 'different' and 'eerie' by giving their kickers the silent treatment," 5 June 2019 This alarming, clanging moment is followed by many hands reaching in to free the character before her father comes in close with a hugging embrace and a frantic call to action. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare," 30 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But everyone in the stands could hear the clang that resonated after it. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Pirates make quick work of Brad Peacock, Astros," 27 June 2019 As the weather begins to warm near the Delaware beaches, a loud clang sounds on the rooftop of the small laboratory near the Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes at which Whereat works. Maddy Lauria,, "At Delaware's beaches, scientists test waters for signs of fecal bacteria," 9 June 2019 What really matters is what the Bruins do after the ball clangs off the rim. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "UCLA beats Maryland 85-80 in women’s NCAA Tournament," 25 Mar. 2019 Urgently shouted orders mingle with the rapid-fire clang of the general quarters alarm bell. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "Fire on the Flight Deck," 27 Aug. 2018 As Nielsen spoke, another reporter’s phone began to ring with a mildly ridiculous melodic clang. Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Intelligencer, "Inside the Disastrous White House Briefing on Trump’s Child Separation Policy," 19 June 2018 Combat involves lots of blocking, with sparks flying as sword meets sword in a loud clang. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "How Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's grappling hook arm changes Dark Souls-style combat," 12 June 2018 The key was the 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, a long-necked, futuristic-looking instrument sought out for its radiant, unique clang. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "The Byrds' 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo': A Track-by-Track Guide Ahead of the 50th Anniversary Tour," 5 June 2018 In fact, there's that sort of rattle and a clang to our entire cul-de-sac, and that's mostly on us. Chris Erskine,, "Our house is a Renaissance smile — sly, fetching and a little troubled. Come on in!," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of clang


1576, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clang


Latin clangere; akin to Greek klazein to scream, bark, Old English hliehhan to laugh

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The first known use of clang was in 1557

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English Language Learners Definition of clang

: to make or cause (something) to make the loud, ringing sound of metal hitting against something


\ ˈklaŋ How to pronounce clang (audio) \
clanged; clanging

Kids Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause to make the loud ringing sound of metal hitting something The pots clanged together.



Kids Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud ringing sound like that made by pieces of metal striking together

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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