a sharp, hard, nonresonant sound, like that produced by two pieces of metal striking, one against the other: the clank of chains; the clank of an iron gate slamming shut.
verb (used without object)
to make such a sound.
to move with such sounds: The old jalopy clanked up the hill.
verb (used with object)
to cause to make a sharp sound, as metal in collision: He clanked the shovel against the pail.
to place, put, set, etc., with a clank: to clank the cell door shut.

1605–15; < Dutch klank sound

clankingly, adverb
clankingness, noun
clankless, adjective Unabridged
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clank (klæŋk)
1.  an abrupt harsh metallic sound
2.  to make or cause to make such a sound
3.  (intr) to move or operate making such a sound
[C17: of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

1560s as both a verb and noun, perhaps echoic, perhaps a blend of clang and clink, perhaps from a Low Ger. source (cf. M.Du. clank, M.L.G. klank).
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Example sentences
Avoid jewelry such as multiple bracelets or chains, which can clank and rattle and brush against your microphone, creating noise.
Inside the forward operating base here, weights clank late into the night from a gym in a tent.
In the winter the radiators spit and clank while the hint of darkness never seems to leave the daylight.
He heard the hateful clank of their chains, he felt them cringe and grovel, and
  there rose within him a protest and a prophecy.
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