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 clank (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for clank

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Cleveland had, at least, three different would-be interceptions clank off a defender’s hands. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Browns, including a silver lining hidden within the loss to Cleveland," 5 Oct. 2020 On a rush down the left wing, his sharp-angle shot clanked off Ullmark’s pad and through the short side. BostonGlobe.com, "With two Sabres rushing him in the defensive zone, Patrice Bergeron slipped a smart feed up the ice, behind Jack Eichel, to Marchand. The winger split another pair of Sabres with his feed to a streaking Pastrnak. The league’s leading goal-scorer beat Ullmark with a heavy wrister.," 30 Dec. 2019 Down the stretch of the fourth quarter, what prevented Denver from completing a comeback was the defense of Davis on Jokic, who got one shot blocked and clanked another jumper from close range with the outcome still in doubt. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Consider yourself lucky if you couldn’t watch telecast of Nikola Jokic and Nuggets coming up small in loss to Lakers," 3 Dec. 2019 Racine Lutheran's first free throw clanked off the front rim. jsonline.com, "'He did the unthinkable': An oral history of Sam Dekker’s legendary state-title game for Sheboygan Lutheran," 19 Mar. 2020 As Green Bay's shots consistently clanked off the rim and the empty possessions piled up, the Phoenix began to press, forcing up hurried shots as time ticked away. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "IUPUI women clinch first ever NCAA tournament berth with Horizon League title win over Green Bay," 10 Mar. 2020 People wanting to avoid guns couldn’t even seek refuge inside the state Capitol, where one guy stood, fumbling with his rifle as the strap slipped off his shoulder and the barrel of the black AR-15 clanked off the marble floors. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Got a gun, go on in. At Kentucky Capitol, only people not packing heat are screened," 31 Jan. 2020 Now rowing machines, long shunned for their clanking chains and dusty flywheels, are undergoing their own Peloton-esque evolution. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "The Best Home Workout Machine? It’s Not a Treadmill," 17 Mar. 2020 Clear-headed after intermission, DeBrusk tied the game at 8:33 of the second, pouncing on a sharp-angle rebound that clanked off Mayfield and eluded Varlamov (30 saves). Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Bergeron, Bruins prevail in overtime," 11 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Although the clank and whir of the underground cable could be heard Saturday morning, Cable Car 26 made its way to Powell Street pulled by a tow truck. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "The cable cars are back — but only for photos," 26 Sep. 2020 Adding insult to injury were George and Beverley, who among other Clippers on the bench, could be seen laughing and jeering Lillard with every clank his shots took off the rim in the final minutes. oregonlive, "“It won’t affect me at all”: Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard confident key misses in loss to Clippers won’t linger," 8 Aug. 2020 At this instant, the door to the Freuds’ building clanks and the slender, dark-haired girl steps out, stops dead, and stares at Günter. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 27 Apr. 2020 At this instant, the door to the Freuds’ building clanks and the slender, dark-haired girl steps out, stops dead, and stares at Günter. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 27 Apr. 2020 At this instant, the door to the Freuds’ building clanks and the slender, dark-haired girl steps out, stops dead, and stares at Günter. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 27 Apr. 2020 At this instant, the door to the Freuds’ building clanks and the slender, dark-haired girl steps out, stops dead, and stares at Günter. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 27 Apr. 2020 Constellation’s algorithm can also dim any sudden bursts that come from neighboring tables, or wash the most offensive clanks and rattles of the kitchen from the mix—​all while leaving the background music alone. Chris Berdik, Popular Science, "It’s not just you: Restaurants have gotten too loud. But there are some fixes.," 28 Jan. 2020 At this instant, the door to the Freuds’ building clanks and the slender, dark-haired girl steps out, stops dead, and stares at Günter. Stephen O’connor, Harper's magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 20 Jan. 2020

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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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“Clank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clank. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for clank

clank

verb
How to pronounce clank (audio)

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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