\ ˈgäŋ How to pronounce gong (audio) , 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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The Ajax wonderkid sat down with Goal after he had been named the winner of their 2018 NxGn award - a gong that goes to the best young player in the world according to 500 different Goal correspondents across the globe. SI.com, "Justin Kluivert Opens Up Over Barcelona 'Dream' In Bid to Follow In Legendary Father's Footsteps," 29 Mar. 2018 By giving us this mesmerizing biography, Ha Jin, who began his writing career as a poet and whose lucid narrative always contains a touch of poetry, sounds a warning gong for our troubled age. Yunte Huang, WSJ, "‘The Banished Immortal’ Review: ‘Heaven Begot a Talent Like Me’," 11 Jan. 2019 Gaga, who won Best Actress in a Drama for A Star is Born and also collected a gong for Best Song, showed up at one of Hollywood's biggest nights giving a nod to Old Hollywood. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Why Lady Gaga's Beauty Look at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards Was So Surprising," 14 Jan. 2019 Whatever the reason, Mr. Simon would never again ring the gong of unequivocal box-office success on Broadway. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Neil Simon (1927-2018): The King of Stage Comedy," 26 Aug. 2018 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

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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
British, informal : a medal or award


\ ˈgäŋ How to pronounce gong (audio) , ˈgȯŋ\

Kids Definition of gong

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

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