\ 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

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Examples of clang in a Sentence

Verb His fork clanged against the plate. The prison door clanged shut. The guard clanged the door shut. Noun the horseshoe hit the stake with a satisfying clang
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the fans celebrated the surprising touchdown, the extra-point attempt by Kaare Vedvik, claimed off waivers Sept. 1 from Minnesota, clanged off the left upright, quickly silencing the crowd. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "The Jets of Old Manage to Step All Over a New Season," 8 Sep. 2019 Fans across the West Coast would have been right to clang glasses of delicious craft beer to honor the accomplishment, which would have opened up doors for everyone else the rest of the season. Los Angeles Times, "College football spotlight: Oregon blows big chance for itself and Pac-12," 31 Aug. 2019 This kit is made of wood, meaning the pieces are light and won’t clang in your bag, but should always be hand-washed. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "TSA-Approved Utensils That Are Actually Cute," 27 Aug. 2019 Now he was surrounded by 200 flashing, clanging strangers. Steve West,, "Creating a new pinball wizard | Opinion," 23 Aug. 2019 Sari van Veenendaal dived to her right and got a hand to the ball, which clanged off the left post. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Netherlands Beats Sweden and Will Face U.S. in World Cup Final," 3 July 2019 The home run almost mirrored the one his grandafther hit in 1977 that clanged off the right field roof at Fenway Park. Brandon Chase,, "Watch Mike Yastrzemski hit a 472-foot home run against the Rockies," 3 Aug. 2019 Reggie Jackson hit a 520-foot pinch hit home run off Ellis that clanged off a Tiger Stadium light tower. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: Let's go back to when we put baseball cards in our bicycle tires and MLB was king.," 6 July 2019 Broock hoped the bike’s chain clanging around the fishbowl would be ideal for something called ambisonic audio, surround sound hearable above, below, and around the listener. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real," 20 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dodo Jin Ming Robert Frank kicked documentary photography into the present with a loud clang. New York Times, "Robert Frank Revealed the Truth of Postwar America," 11 Sep. 2019 If people want to escape from the tornadoes of color and clings and clangs in the restaurants and casino below, then beige is an appropriate corneal palate cleanser. Christopher Muther,, "Fifty shades of beige: Welcome to the Encore Boston Harbor hotel," 28 June 2019 When the combination of writing and directing clangs this forcefully the end result is usually comedy. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Another Life': TV Review," 22 July 2019 Whether the city is less chaotic was not clear, as the plaza was awash with skateboards, rental bikes, vendors selling bent spoon jewelry, a man lip-syncing to Frank Sinatra for tips, and the clang of a passing antique streetcar. Steve Rubenstein,, "Step back in history at the Ferry Building, before the days of $5 coffee," 31 Aug. 2019 The title track clangs and echoes; Ms Tucker whispers, chants and howls the words as the song builds. M.j., The Economist, "Twenty-five years later, Sleater-Kinney are still making vital music," 16 Aug. 2019 Feeling the clang of metal on his molars, Delbert looked down at his meal and saw a gold wedding band gleaming in the batter. Larry Millett, Twin Cities, "From the archives: Murder-on-a-stick: A Pioneer Press serial mystery novel (Chapter 1)," 21 Aug. 2019 The distinctive clang of metal hitting pavement echoed across Hong Kong. Yanan Wang, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Hong Kong protests ebb and flow, like water," 5 Aug. 2019 The sun hasn’t even risen and the clang of metal is reverberating through a gym near Mexico City. Washington Post, "Lawyer to be Mexico’s first body builder at Pan Am Games," 18 July 2019

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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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How to pronounce clang (audio)

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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