Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A loud, resonant, metallic sound.
  • n. The strident call of a crane or goose.
  • transitive v. To make or cause to make a clang.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A loud, ringing sound, like that made by free-hanging metal objects striking each other.
  • n. Quality of tone.
  • n. The cry of some birds, including the crane and the goose.
  • n. A word or phrase linked only by sound and not by meaning, characteristic of some mental disorders.
  • v. To strike (objects) together so as to produce a clang.
  • v. To give out a clang; to resound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loud, ringing sound, like that made by metallic substances when clanged or struck together.
  • n. Quality of tone.
  • intransitive v. To give out a clang; to resound.
  • transitive v. To strike together so as to produce a ringing metallic sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give out a clang; resound.
  • To cause to sound with a clang.
  • To cause the name of to resound; celebrate with clangor.
  • n. A loud, sharp, resonant, and metallic sound; a clangor: as, the clang of arms; the clang of bells; the clang of hammers.
  • n. The quality of a musical sound; the respect in which a tone of one instrument differs from the same tone struck on another; timbre. See extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loud resonant repeating noise
  • v. make a loud noise

Etymologies

Probably from Latin clangere, to ring, clang.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Then she heard clang, then from another part _clang_, then _clang_, _clang_ far away.

    Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

  • As the last words came hoarsely forth on to the night air, _clang, clang, clang_, burst out the tocsin of the alarm bell, silencing the music in the ballroom and sending an electric thrill through every listener within the precincts of the castle; but ere the great bell had sent forth a score of vibrating notes which came quivering through the darkness and echoing from every wall, the clattering of hoofs began in obedience to the whispered commands of his Majesty of France:

    The King's Esquires The Jewel of France

  • Now that their clang is pretty much gone from Arco Arena's non-sellout crowds, the Lakers 'MVP guard kind of misses the noise - and in their absence, he missed far too many shots in one of the NBA's most improbable results this season.

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  • One half inch closer and he would have been dead, killed by fragments of skull driven into his brain, but instead he staggered, stunned, and his vision was suddenly sheeted with scarlet as he twisted, fell, and heard the sword clang as it bounced on the rampart's stones.

    Sharpe's Siege

  • Picture the dignity of the teacher of a class of little boys who lets his sword clang to terrify the youngsters under him, or who tries to frighten the girls by displaying his weapon.

    Korea's Fight for Freedom

  • That loud "clang" we all heard two years ago was the sound of the prison gates closing tight.

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  • My fiance and I were walking from a street festival to a friend's BBQ when I was jolted by a "clang" sound from across the street.

    Mary Lou Song: America's Front Porch: Living The American Dry-Cleaning Dream

  • Low shots strike the tin with a loud clang, meaning “out!”

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  • And there was an almost audible "clang" in my chest -- yeah, my heart -- and I was overwhelmed with the feeling of falling in love and also knowing I would never be free again.

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  • Occasionally, you’ll hear a sword clang or body blow in the satellites, but the rear channels mostly cater to the overpowering score, which sometimes crowds the main action.

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