clang

verb
\ 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

clang

noun

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 soon as the school bell clanged, the playground and fields emptied. Meg Ounsworth Steere, chicagotribune.com, "Caught between kids and a parent with Alzheimer’s, I found a lifeline on the playground," 23 Aug. 2019 As soon as the school bell clanged, the playground and fields emptied. BostonGlobe.com, "Caught between kids and parent with Alzheimer’s, I found a lifeline on the playground," 16 Aug. 2019 As soon as the school bell clanged, the playground and fields emptied. Washington Post, "Caught between young kids and a parent with Alzheimer’s, I found a lifeline on the playground," 9 Aug. 2019 That means when a volley starts, your shells end up at your feet instead of clanging off your buddy’s face or shotgun, or streaking across his line of sight. Curtis Niedermier, Outdoor Life, "Waterfowl Guns: 13 Great Duck and Goose Hunting Shotguns," 2 July 2012 The only blemish on his day was an extra-point attempt that clanged off the right upright after Minnesota’s first touchdown. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings linemen ‘put our bodies out there’ for Pro Bowl pick Dalvin Cook," 18 Dec. 2019 But the Kings could not get the ball in Hield’s hands, and Bogdanovic’s jumper clanged off the back of the rim. BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics overcome Buddy Hield’s 41 points, and other observations," 26 Nov. 2019 And toward truth, instead of false gods and clanging dogma. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Douglas Murray’s The Madness of Crowds Offers Sanity and Hope," 24 Oct. 2019 During the apple harvest last month, farmers ferried mounds of crisp red fruit on clanging tractors on the narrow, winding roads that snake between the terraced agricultural plots and the area’s tapestry of orchards. Washington Post, "Israel’s Golan Druze see a blow in wind energy plan," 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From that baseline, the system could capture, modify, and precisely tweak the clang from kitchens and noise from neighbors so diners could hear their own conversations. Chris Berdik, Popular Science, "It’s not just you: Restaurants have gotten too loud. But there are some fixes.," 28 Jan. 2020 The school had been large and impersonal, full of unkind sounds: the clang of lockers and the terrible screaming bell. Clare Sestanovich, The New Yorker, "Old Hope," 2 Dec. 2019 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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, SFChronicle.com, "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

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First Known Use of clang

Verb

1576, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clang

Verb

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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Last Updated

16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clang. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for clang

clang

verb
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

clang

verb
\ 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.

clang

noun

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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