gong

[gawng, gong]
noun
1.
a large bronze disk, of Asian origin, having an upturned rim, that produces a vibrant, hollow tone when struck, usually with a stick or hammer that has a padded head.
2.
a shallow bell sounded by a hammer operated electrically or mechanically: The fire-alarm system will automatically sound the gong.
3.
(in a clock or watch) a rod or wire, either straight or bent into a spiral, on which the time is struck.
4.
British Slang. a medal or military decoration.
verb (used without object)
5.
to sound as a gong does; ring, chime, or reverberate.

Origin:
1800–10; < Malay, Javanese: any suspended bossed and rimmed gong; presumably imitative

gonglike, adjective
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gong (ɡɒŋ)
 
n
1.  Also called: tam-tam a percussion instrument of indefinite pitch, consisting of a metal platelike disc struck with a soft-headed drumstick
2.  a rimmed metal disc, hollow metal hemisphere, or metal strip, tube, or wire that produces a note when struck. It may be used to give alarm signals when operated electromagnetically
3.  a fixed saucer-shaped bell, as on an alarm clock, struck by a mechanically operated hammer
4.  slang (Brit) a medal, esp a military one
 
vb
5.  (intr) to sound a gong
6.  (tr) (of traffic police) to summon (a driver) to stop by sounding a gong
 
[C17: from Malay, of imitative origin]
 
'gonglike
 
adj

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gong
c.1600, from Malay gong, probably imitative of its sound when struck.
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gong

a circular metal plate-like percussion instrument, usually having a turned-down rim. In most forms it is struck in the centre with a felt- or leather-covered beater, producing a sound of either definite or indefinite pitch. Its vibrations issue from the centre, in contrast to bells, which vibrate principally at the rim. Gongs may have shallow or deep rims (kettle gongs) and may be bossed (knobbed in the centre) or unbossed. Rimless gongs occur occasionally.

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Example sentences
Down the beach, a huge wind gong is gently vibrating.
The long awaited baseball season will get under way this week and the sixteen major league teams are ready for the opening gong.
The bartender clanged a gong as the restaurant's customers, seated along communal tables in the small dining room, clapped.
Then the other one comes in and it keeps going and gong and going.
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