\ 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

Other Words from gong

gong intransitive verb

Examples of gong in a Sentence

They sounded a gong to summon us to dinner.
Recent Examples on the Web The new caliber, 956AA, constitutes a complete redesign of the striking mechanism, with the gong attached to the case side. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 22 Apr. 2022 Thomas was remembered by his family as a generous man who had a reputation for gong out of his way to help strangers. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 Yeah, the soundtrack to this book does not include a gong. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2022 Ultimately, Grainge and his team trudged to a Santa Monica, Calif., studio to livestream the ceremony at midnight local time, with one festive addition: a gong that executive vp/chief business administrator Will Tanous had airfreighted in. Dan Rys, Billboard, 26 Jan. 2022 The model’s key differentiating detail is its one-piece crystal and gong component, machined from a single block of sapphire, that indicates the time through a combination of two notes, C# and F, with a crystal-clear, constant sound. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 31 Dec. 2021 What differentiates it from other repeaters is the one-piece crystal and gong component, machined from a single block of sapphire. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2021 The former sounds are mostly nature based—think waterfalls and birdsong—where the latter usually involves a cheerful bell or gong. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 5 Oct. 2021 When pulled, the watch chimes the hours, the quarter hours and the minutes past the quarter hour in beautiful harmony using two hammers and a gong. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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12 Jun 2022

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“Gong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gong. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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\ 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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