\ˈgäŋ, ˈgȯŋ\

Definition of gong 

1 : a disk-shaped percussion instrument that produces a resounding tone when struck with a usually padded hammer

2a : a saucer-shaped bell (as in a fire alarm) that is struck by a mechanical hammer

b : a wire rod wound in a flat spiral for sounding the time or chime or alarm (as in a clock)

3 British : medal

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Other Words from gong

gong intransitive verb

Examples of gong in a Sentence

They sounded a gong to summon us to dinner.

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Just as Casagemas’s death was the opening gong for the Blue Period, Picasso’s love affair with Olivier ushered in a change in mood and palette. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Picasso Before Cubism, in Blue and Rose," 17 Aug. 2018 Generally, these sounds are created with traditional crystal bowls, gemstone bowls, cymbals, and gongs. Nicole Dellert, Allure, "I Tried a Sound Bath — Here's What This Meditative Practice Is Really Like," 24 Oct. 2018 Seattle is gong to have to get more continuity to its offense this week. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "What to watch for when the Seahawks play the Chicago Bears on Monday night," 16 Sep. 2018 The England international collected both the Players’ Player and Player of the Season gongs, after a fine first campaign for the Foxes. SI.com, "'I’m Extremely Proud': Defender 'Honoured' to Be Named Leicester City's Player of the Season," 2 May 2018 Investigators believe the thieves are selling the 300-pound bells and 75-pound gongs to nautical novelty shops or metal yards. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Someone is stealing bells and gongs from buoys in Maine," 25 June 2018 Try your hand at a huge gong or slip into one of the soundproof practice rooms and let your inner drummer take over. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Traditional Chinese lion dancers from the Golden Lion Club around the corner had gathered near the start the race; several younger members played a drum, a gong and cymbals. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "Road Race of the Superwomen," 5 July 2018 His level of performance was so high and consistent that he was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year gong, making his World Cup snub even more perplexing. SI.com, "Germany Star Leroy Sane's Tweet From 2 Weeks Ago Makes World Cup Omission All the More Sad," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of gong

circa 1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gong

Malay & Javanese, of imitative origin

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English Language Learners Definition of gong

: a large metal disc that makes a deep ringing sound when it is struck with a padded hammer

: a medal or award


\ˈgäŋ, ˈgȯŋ\

Kids Definition of gong

: a metallic disk that produces a harsh ringing tone when struck

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