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gong

[gawng, gong] /gɔŋ, gɒŋ/
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
1800-1810
1800-10; < Malay, Javanese: any suspended bossed and rimmed gong; presumably imitative
Related forms
gonglike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gonglike

gong

/ɡɒŋ/
noun
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.
(Brit, slang) a medal, esp a military one
verb
5.
(intransitive) to sound a gong
6.
(transitive) (of traffic police) to summon (a driver) to stop by sounding a gong
Derived Forms
gonglike, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Malay, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gonglike

gong

n.

c.1600, from Malay gong, probably imitative of its sound when struck. As a verb from 1903.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gonglike

gong

noun
  1. (also gonger) An opium pipe (1914+ Narcotics)
  2. A military decoration; medal or ribbon (British WWII use)

[both senses probably fr gong, ''saucer-shaped metal bell,'' of Malayan origin; the sense ''opium pipe'' may be related to the general association of gongs with Chinese matters, and the military sense to the notion that a decoration is something like the ceremonial sounding of a gong]


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Encyclopedia Article for gonglike

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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