\ 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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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 To sound the company’s opening trade around 11:30 a.m., Tencent Music executives clanged on a bell with wooden gavels on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Tencent Music Rises in Trading Debut," 12 Dec. 2018 Some of this will clang, naturally, in the ears of a shopper who has visited a store that is essentially in runoff mode under Mr. Lampert. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Sears Still Has Its Biggest Fan," 16 Oct. 2018 During a break in the meal, Cosentino was escorted upstairs into the crowded, clanging kitchen to take a place on the line, learning his way around egg custard buns amid fryers and steamers and an amused Tim Ho Wan staff. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 For instance, in the top of the fourth, Wil Myers paused to watch a long drive that clanged off the right-field wall. Dennis Lin,, "Padres' Clayton Richard allows career-worst 11 runs in Coors Field shellacking," 19 July 2017 Infinity War promises to be a loud, clanging finale of a movie—and, because Marvel titles keep printing money at the box office, also a fresh start, a radical rebooting of much of the films’ staid world order. David Sims, The Atlantic, "How Marvel Is Rewriting Its World Order," 24 Apr. 2018 At one point several fans started clanging their Kings cowbells in the protesters' faces, leading to an altercation that left one of the fans sprawled on the ground. Ryan Sabalow, Jason Jones, Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler And Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Police work on plan to get fans safely into Thursday's Kings game. Will they show up?," 29 Mar. 2018 Three batters later, McCutchen clanged another solo shot off the right-field foul pole. Dennis Lin,, "Andrew McCutchen hits three home runs as Padres fall in series finale," 30 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Before pneumatic tyres, city streets were full of the deafening clang of metal-rimmed wheels and horseshoes on stone. The Economist, "People crave silence, yet are unnerved by it," 17 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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to take the place or position of

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