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 hammerb : a wire rod wound in a flat spiral for sounding the time or chime or alarm (as in a clock)
3 British : medal
Examples of gong in a Sentence
They sounded a gong to summon us to dinner.
Recent Examples of gong from the Web
A gong just signaled the sale of another lower bowl season ticket package.
Onstage were four timpani, a bass drum, snare drum, side drum, a large gong, cymbals, xylophone, castanets, vibraphone, glockenspiel, woodblock, whip-crack and triangle.
A performer on each end sends it spinning, the sound of their hands pounding against the metal ringing like a gong, the air from the whirling beam fanning the audience.
Jordan and his wife had a custom of going to Mrs. Graham’s for dinner on their first night on the island every summer, no matter how late, as a way of sounding a certain gong.
The piece was appealing, with unexpected clamoring from brass and gong, the fortissimo climax spiraling, like sparks, into nothingness.
The best restaurants don’t all have Michelin gongs.
Strewn around the room, odds and ends await boxing: a gong and assorted piles of books.
Robert Moran wrote the original score — a varied, heavily percussive, emotive work tinged with ominous string harmonics, gong swells and rumbling timpani.
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Origin and Etymology of gong
Malay & Javanese, of imitative origin
First Known Use: circa 1590See Words from the same year
GONG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gong for English Language Learners
: a large metal disc that makes a deep ringing sound when it is struck with a padded hammer
: a medal or award
GONG Defined for Kids
Definition of gong for Students
: a metallic disk that produces a harsh ringing tone when struck
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