\ 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 Already leading the pack for assists this season, few could look past the former Chelsea man scooping the gong for this season. SI.com, "Kevin De Bruyne: How Man City's Returning Hero Is an Invaluable Asset to an Already Outstanding Team," 25 Aug. 2019 Enjoy yoga, meditation, qi gong, and learn about nutrition for sustainable wellness. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 The Portugal international has collected the trophy on no less than five occasions and is currently tied with Lionel Messi for the most wins by a player, though both stars were beaten to the award last year as Luka Modric took home the gong. SI.com, "Cristiano Ronaldo Insists He Doesn't Think About Individual Awards Amid Ballon d'Or Speculation," 11 Sep. 2019 Even then, Rush would twice be named in the PFA Team of the Year, whilst also collecting the Liverpool top-scorer gong in five of the eight campaigns that followed his transfer back from Juve. SI.com, "Ranking the Success of 8 Players Who Pulled a U-Turn & Re-Signed for Their Former Clubs," 13 July 2019 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

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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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22 Oct 2019

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The first known use of gong was circa 1590

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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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