\ 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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Three master puppeteers manipulate the puppets, accompanied by five musicians who play drums, gongs, and stringed instruments. Terry Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, "A sound and vision for ‘Curious Incident’ that will unfold under the stars," 27 June 2019 The play won more Olivier awards (Britain’s most prestigious theatrical gongs) than any previous West End production. The Economist, "Modern British television has found its Dickens," 29 June 2019 The Council of Fashion Designers of America has awarded him multiple gongs, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, the Humanitarian Leadership Award, and the first-ever American Fashion Legend Award. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Ralph Lauren gets honorary knighthood from Prince Charles but don't call him 'Sir Ralph'," 20 June 2019 The pulses of starlight could be separated into two main frequencies: a faster one like the beat of a snare drum and a slower one like a gong, with the two rhythms played out of sync. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Stars Pulse to the Golden Mean," 10 Mar. 2015 So for our Kandinsky hole, a lot of the elements from the painting have been converted into noise-making machines, such as chimes, bells and gongs. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "This Summer, Play Nine Holes at This ‘Art Course’ in Kansas City," 11 June 2019 In all seasons, Rockport’s little streets beckon walkers to the soundtrack of the tinkling of boat tackle in the harbor, the hourly gong of the Congregational Church’s bell and cries of birds from land and sea. James R. Carroll, USA TODAY, "Cape Ann, Massachusetts: A charming alternative to Cape Cod with sandy beaches and fried clams," 3 June 2019 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

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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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