\ 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 The consensus is gong to be shocked at how strong demand is for oil. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Is oil headed back to $100 a barrel?," 3 Oct. 2019 Around 2,000 guests witnessed a large courtyard procession of swordsmen, archers, drum and gong players and flag displays before curtains were thrown back on the takamikura and Naruhito began to speak. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Japan Celebrates Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement with the Ultimate Royal Guest List!," 22 Oct. 2019 But somehow Dudamel made an introductory stroke of timpani gong sound like a universal call of all peoples from all places. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Dudamel channels American cowboys, indigenous Mexicans, ethnic groups of South America," 11 Oct. 2019 People are invited to bring a yoga mat and soak in the rich sounds of gongs and crystal bowls. Daily Pilot, "Mesa Verde Library visitors will soon be able to do-re-make music with new outdoor instruments," 5 Oct. 2019 SAMAHAN Rondalla and Pakaraguian Kulintang music ensembles will perform gong and bamboo percussion to accompany the traditional ethnic dances, which communicate the customs and traditions that evolved from various influences throughout history. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Filipino tradition, culture, custom told through dance and music," 3 Oct. 2019 The Wellness House event is going to offer a variety of stress-relieving programs such as yoga, including chair and mat yoga, as well as tai chi and qi gong and nia (cardio-dancing). Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Wellness House mind/body fest to offer stress relieving techniques," 22 Aug. 2019 Ciara was presented with the Style Icon gong at the 23rd annual awards. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Ciara Debuted a Super Short Pixie Crop at the ACE Awards," 11 June 2019 We were left with magical gong vibrations of struck Tibetan bowl that managed to hang in the air long after the piece ended. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Ojai Music Festival witnesses Barbara Hannigan, Wonder Woman in Wonderland," 10 June 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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The first known use of gong was circa 1590

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3 Dec 2019

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“Gong.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gong. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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