clank

verb
\ ˈklaŋk How to pronounce clank (audio) \
clanked; clanking; clanks

Definition of clank

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to cause to clank

clank

noun

Definition of clank (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sharp brief metallic ringing sound

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Other Words from clank

Verb

clankingly \ ˈklaŋ-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce clankingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for clank

Synonyms: Noun

clang, clangor, clash, whang

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Examples of clank in a Sentence

Verb

The radiator hissed and clanked. The empty can clanked along the sidewalk. a ghost clanking its chains

Noun

the car is making a funny clank, and this can't be good
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Waterproof flashlights clank from each wrist, and a 20-pound weight belt is slung commando-style across my chest. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Dive beneath the pyramids of Egypt’s black pharaohs," 2 July 2019 Then Starks clanked his free throws, Ewing missed a 10-footer with 9.9 seconds left, and point guard Greg Anthony fell down while taking the ball toward the hoop in the final seconds. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "SI Vault: 23rd anniversary of Reggie Miller's 8 points in 9 seconds game," 7 May 2015 Meanwhile, beyond the tweets and bombast, the machine that sends immigrants from arrest to deportation will clank along with alarming efficiency until it’s stopped by a new administration — long after Sessions is gone. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions gave Trump the immigration crackdown he wanted," 7 Nov. 2018 The teddy bears rained down as soon as Shawn O'Donnell's shot clanked in off the post. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Teddy bears rain as Cyclones beat Nailers 4-2," 7 Jan. 2018 But he was trapped by defenders, forcing him to clank a 3-pointer off the side of the backboard. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Pelicans' frigid shooting in 2nd half leads to loss to San Antonio," 16 Mar. 2018 Against the Golden Knights, Braden Holtby made the stick save of a lifetime to lock up a Game 2 win and opponent James Neal clanked a shot off the post in Game 4, staring at as much net as Tikkanen had 20 years ago. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, "Stanley Cup run makes up for Capitals' playoff failures," 7 June 2018 The desperate Golden Knights outchanced the Capitals by a wide margin but fell apart after James Neal clanked a shot off the post instead of hitting a wide-open net early in the first period. Stephen Whyno, chicagotribune.com, "Capitals on verge of Stanley Cup after blowing out Golden Knights 6-2," 4 June 2018 Until recently, cleanup equipment clanked and scraped from morning till night. San Francisco Chronicle, "Susan Gorin aches to fast-forward to well past next year — when she once again has a home on what is now an ashy lot.," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The gym, which used to resonate with the clanks of athletes at weight machines and the thuds of runners on treadmills, felt abandoned, too. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The End of an American College," 18 June 2019 Here was a poet of the people for the people, without pretension or pomp, who wrote verse that captured everyday speech, both its fluency and its clank. The New York Review of Books, "Brenda Wineapple," 18 Apr. 2019 Now comes the best part: Breaks in the tree cover reveal views of the mountains and prairies of the Kaibab National Forest and the faint clank and hum of passing trains. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019 There are hypnotic mine lamps, the clank of dead souls, the rut of work that doesn’t pay. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 There is a clank after each pretend coin is dropped and when the child looks inside there is a silver dollar. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Lyons Township English teacher also works as Frankie Ace, a magician and comic," 9 July 2018 After watching his team clank and wheeze in the first half against the Rockets, punctuated by a fumble-finger Green pass to a surprised fan in the third row, Kerr called a timeout. Michael Powell, New York Times, "You Knew the Warriors Were Coming Back. The Rockets Did, Too.," 29 May 2018 If one of those shots clanks off the rim, the Ramblers are, in all likelihood, sitting at home watching a different team from the South Region bask in the national spotlight. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Making the Case For Each Final Four Team to Win the Title," 30 Mar. 2018 The only sound, aside from the squeak and clank of the suspension, is the backup alert. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Electric trucks deliver savings, silence in growing fleet sales," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of clank

Verb

1656, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clank

Verb

probably imitative

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The first known use of clank was in 1656

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More Definitions for clank

clank

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clank

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

clank

verb
\ ˈklaŋk How to pronounce clank (audio) \
clanked; clanking

Kids Definition of clank

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

clank

noun

Kids Definition of clank (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sharp short ringing sound the clank of chains

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