[gawng, gong]
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.
a shallow bell sounded by a hammer operated electrically or mechanically: The fire-alarm system will automatically sound the gong.
(in a clock or watch) a rod or wire, either straight or bent into a spiral, on which the time is struck.
British Slang. a medal or military decoration.
verb (used without object)
to sound as a gong does; ring, chime, or reverberate.

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

gonglike, adjective
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gong (ɡɒŋ)
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]

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