from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metallic sound, sharp and hard but not resonant: the clank of chains.
- intransitive v. To make a sharp, hard, metallic sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A loud, hard sound of metal hitting metal, especially such a repetitive sound.
- v. To make a clanking sound
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sharp, brief, ringing sound, made by a collision of metallic or other sonorous bodies; -- usually expressing a duller or less resounding sound than clang, and a deeper and stronger sound than clink.
- transitive v. To cause to sound with a clank.
- intransitive v. To sound with a clank.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sharp, hard, metallic sound: as, the clank of chains or fetters.
- To cause to sound with a clank: as, to clank chains. See the noun.
- To give a ringing blow to.
- To sound with or give out a clank.
- To deposit, put, place, or set down with a clanking sound.
- To move with a clanking sound.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a loud resonant repeating noise
- v. make a clank
Probably imitative.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)