\ 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 three of us started our run to a gong, not a starting gun. Olivia Parker, New York Times, "Running in the Time of Coronavirus," 25 Feb. 2020 As soon as the gong was banged to launch trading, the shares soared from HK$176 to the auspicious price of HK$188. The Economist, "One company, two systems," 28 Nov. 2019 George Ford did at least extend that to 10 points with a penalty right on the gong, won after brilliant work in the break down by Underhill and Tuilagi. Matias Grez, CNN, "England stuns New Zealand to book its place in the Rugby World Cup final," 26 Oct. 2019 By the standards of Tool’s current commercial peers, that’s no less a radical proposition than the old-school drum solo Carey played, complete with gong, during Sunday’s encore. Los Angeles Times, "Tool, at pulverizing volume, goes big and goes home: review," 21 Oct. 2019 Li Lina, a resident in a Hanyang district high rise, beat a gong on her balcony to attract her neighbors’ attention and cried for help for her and her mother. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, "China struggling to build up quarantine facilities in coronavirus outbreak epicenter," 9 Feb. 2020 An interesting tidbit is that the bells were preceded in the 1870s by a Chinese gong, according to the exchange. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Who's ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell might surprise you," 3 Jan. 2020 The goal is less to keep a record of its successes and failures and more to bang its own gong, hopefully convincing others in Hollywood of its continuing prosperity in the process. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Netflix Picks Its Own Most Popular Movies and Series Of 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 The gong show Every weekday, the opening bell of the NYSE is rung at 9:30 a.m. EST to signal the start of the day's trading. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Who's ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell might surprise you," 3 Jan. 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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The first known use of gong was circa 1590

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25 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gong. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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