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clank

verb \ ˈklaŋk \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

Definition of clank

clanked; clanking; clanks
1 : to make a clank or series of clanks
  • the radiator hissed and clanked
2 : to go with or as if with a clank
  • tanks clanking through the streets
: to cause to clank

clankingly

play \ˈklaŋ-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of clank in a Sentence

  1. The radiator hissed and clanked.

  2. The empty can clanked along the sidewalk.

  3. a ghost clanking its chains

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Origin and Etymology of clank

probably imitative


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clank

noun

Definition of clank

: a sharp brief metallic ringing sound

Examples of clank in a Sentence

  1. the car is making a funny clank, and this can't be good

Recent Examples of clank from the Web

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First Known Use of clank

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in the meaning defined above

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CLANK Defined for English Language Learners

clank

Definition of clank for English Language Learners

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


CLANK Defined for Kids

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clank

verb \ ˈklaŋk \

Definition of clank for Students

clanked; clanking
1 : to make or cause to make a clank or series of clanks
  • The radiator hissed and clanked.
2 : to move with a clank
  • The old pickup clanked down the road.

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clank

noun

Definition of clank for Students

: a sharp short ringing sound
  • the clank of chains


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