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clank

[klangk] /klæŋk/
noun
1.
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)
2.
to make such a sound.
3.
to move with such sounds:
The old jalopy clanked up the hill.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to make a sharp sound, as metal in collision:
He clanked the shovel against the pail.
5.
to place, put, set, etc., with a clank:
to clank the cell door shut.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Dutch klank sound
Related forms
clankingly, adverb
clankingness, noun
clankless, adjective
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Examples from the web for clank
  • Avoid jewelry such as multiple bracelets or chains, which can clank and rattle and brush against your microphone, creating noise.
  • He heard the hateful clank of their chains, he felt them cringe and grovel, and there rose within him a protest and a prophecy.
  • The clank of keys sends a thrill of joy to my heart.
  • Rose set the box on the counter with a satisfying clank.
  • Each weapon feels powerful, especially after players first hear the thud of a bat or clank of the frying pan.
  • 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.
  • The movie is also saddled with a mechanical structure so unwieldy you can hear it clank.
  • He heard the clank of the corporal fitter's bicycle where it juddered over the ground to his right.
  • Nearly every line of the script drops from the actors' mouths with the leaden clank of exposition, timed with bad sitcom beats.
British Dictionary definitions for clank

clank

/klæŋk/
noun
1.
an abrupt harsh metallic sound
verb
2.
to make or cause to make such a sound
3.
(intransitive) to move or operate making such a sound
Derived Forms
clankingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clank
v.

1610s, perhaps echoic, perhaps a blend of clang (v.) and clink (v.), perhaps from a Low German source (cf. Middle Dutch clank, Dutch klank, Old High German klanc, Middle Low German klank, German Klang).

n.

1650s, from clank (v.). Reduplicated form clankety-clank attested from 1895.

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