Definitions

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

  • n. A rimmed metal disk that produces a loud, sonorous tone when struck with a padded mallet.
  • n. A usually saucer-shaped bell that is struck with a mechanically operated hammer.
  • intransitive v. To make the sound of a gong.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A percussion instrument consisting of a metal disk that emits a sonorous sound when struck with a soft hammer.
  • n. (informal) A medal or award.
  • v. To make the sound of a gong; to ring a gong.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A privy or jakes.
  • n. An instrument, first used in the East, made of an alloy of copper and tin, shaped like a disk with upturned rim, and producing, when struck, a harsh and resounding noise.
  • n. A flat saucerlike bell, rung by striking it with a small hammer which is connected with it by various mechanical devices; a stationary bell, used to sound calls or alarms; -- called also gong bell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of gang.
  • n. A musical instrument, of Asiatic origin, consisting of a large shallow metallic bowl, made of an alloy of copper and tin, which is struck with a stick having a stuffed leather head.
  • n. A stationary bell in the form of a shallow bowl, which is struck with a hammer.

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

  • n. a percussion instrument consisting of a metal plate that is struck with a softheaded drumstick
  • n. a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument
  • v. sound a gong

Etymologies

Malay.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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