\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s a true circus, complete with goofy outfits, a gong, and hollering crowds. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The Stand Recap: This Is the End," 4 Feb. 2021 But this news, which broke on Saturday, is another bang to the gong that signals how long and consistently the Lions mess things up. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Matthew Stafford leaving Detroit Lions was inevitable, but still depressing," 24 Jan. 2021 On the Mulan tower, architectural elements like a cherry blossom motif, jade ornamentation, and crossed golden spears symbolize Mulan’s fearless warrior spirit—and the dragon Mushu playfully stands atop her tower, using her finial as a gong. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Things to Know About Hong Kong Disneyland’s New Castle," 22 Dec. 2020 And though the planet has not cooperated so far, perhaps the Big One is poised to strike Mars like a gong—a reverberation that would at last make all clear. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Mars lander spots deep layers beneath the surface, offering clues to the planet’s formation," 15 Dec. 2020 The cabinet rattled, the gong struck, just as before. Joseph Roth, Harper's Magazine, "Christmas in Cochinchina," 24 Nov. 2020 After wins, a player will bang the gong with a mallet to start the team’s celebration. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Inside details on how the Cincinnati Reds celebrated their first playoff berth in 7 years," 26 Sep. 2020 The threat of the mute button will hang like the sword of Damocles over the debate, or the gong ready to eject the unworthy from The Gong Show. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump-Biden debate will feature mute button, rancor, and last chances: 5 things to watch," 22 Oct. 2020 The team cheered as Bell grabbed the mallet and tapped the gong. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Inside details on how the Cincinnati Reds celebrated their first playoff berth in 7 years," 26 Sep. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Gong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gong. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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