|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|
|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]|
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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