|1.||a short loud explosive noise, as of the bursting of a balloon or the report of a gun|
|2.||a hard blow or knock, esp a noisy one; thump: he gave the ball a bang|
|3.||informal a startling or sudden effect: he realized with a bang that he was late|
|4.||slang an injection of heroin or other narcotic|
|5.||taboo, slang an act of sexual intercourse|
|6.||slang (US), (Canadian) get a bang out of to experience a thrill or excitement from|
|7.||with a bang successfully: the party went with a bang|
|8.||to hit or knock, esp with a loud noise; bump: to bang one's head|
|9.||to move noisily or clumsily: to bang about the house|
|10.||to close (a door, window, etc) or (of a door, etc) be closed noisily; slam|
|11.||(tr) to cause to move by hitting vigorously: he banged the ball over the fence|
|12.||to make or cause to make a loud noise, as of an explosion|
|a. to cause (stock prices) to fall by rapid selling|
|b. to sell rapidly in (a stock market), thus causing prices to fall|
|14.||taboo, slang to have sexual intercourse with|
|15.||slang (intr) to inject heroin, etc|
|16.||informal bang for one's buck value for money: this option offers more bang for your buck|
|17.||informal bang goes that is the end of: bang goes my job in Wapping|
|18.||bang one's head against a brick wall to try to achieve something impossible|
|19.||with a sudden impact or effect: bang went his hopes of winning; the car drove bang into a lamp-post|
|20.||precisely: bang in the middle of the road|
|21.||slang bang to rights caught red-handed|
|22.||go bang See also bang up to burst, shut, etc, with a loud noise|
|[C16: from Old Norse bang, banga hammer; related to Low German bangen to beat; all of imitative origin]|
"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper"
[T.S. Eliot, "Hollow Men," 1925]
Bang (bāng, bäng), Bernhard Lauritz Frederik. 1848-1932.
Danish veterinarian who discovered Brucella abortus, the agent of brucellosis in cattle and of undulant fever in humans.
Crash noisily into, collide with, as in A clumsy fellow, Bill was always banging into furniture. [Early 1700s]
Strike heavily so as to drive in; also, persuade. For example, I've been banging nails into the siding all day, or I can't seem to bang it into his head that time is precious. The literal usage dates from the mid-1500s, the figurative from the second half of the 1800s. Also see bump into.