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

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of clangor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A loud, repeating clanging sound; a loud racket; a din.
  • v. To make a clanging sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See clangor.

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

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


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  • And then, amid the clangour of the machinery, came a drifting suspicion of human voices, that I entertained at first only to dismiss.

    The War of The Worlds

  • They soon formed a deep and confused mass of dismounted cavalry in front of their encampment, when, at the signal of a shrill cry, which arose high over the clangour of the music, each cavalier sprung to his saddle.

    The Talisman

  • Hereward passed on to the barracks, where the military music had seemed to halt; but on the Varangian crossing the threshold of the ample courtyard, it broke forth again with a tremendous burst, whose clangour almost stunned him, though well accustomed to the sounds.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • A dirty orange glow escapes from half-open hatches, grilled vents, and small square windows of grimy glass, and the clangour of beaten metal can be heard far out into the endless snowstorm.

    Weapon Of Choice short story – excerpt « INTERSTELLAR TACTICS

  • My own interest in Bethlem and madness came from a number of sources; the onomatopoeic clangour of the word Bedlam itself, suggesting an infernal din, like a bedstead falling downstairs, somehow echoed in the vast Victorian asylum near my childhood home, and its noisy but harmless residents, who occasionally spilled out into the streets, weeping and shouting.


  • 'There is the bell,' cried Sophie as a remote but insistent clangour reached them.

    Is it foolish to question whether the Vice President is part of the Executive Branch?

  • Also the winds brought rumbling earthquake and duststorm, thunder and lightning and the lurid thunderbolt, which are the shafts of great Zeus, and carried the clangour and the warcry into the midst of the two hosts.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • An exchange of livings had been arranged with an acquaintance who was incumbent of a church in the south of London, and as soon as possible the couple removed thither, abandoning their pretty country home, with trees and shrubs and glebe, for a narrow, dusty house in a long, straight street, and their fine peal of bells for the wretchedest one-tongued clangour that ever tortured mortal ears.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • A clangour like hammers flung about a boiler hastened our steps.

    First Men in the Moon

  • Christendom a sombre murmur hung in the keen air over the country side like the belling of bees in the heather, and this murmurous tumult grew to a clangour in the cities.

    The Door in the Wall, and other stories


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  • When we arrived in the port of Algiers, a great number of persons were collected to receive us; and we had not yet disembarked, when they uttered a thousand shouts of joy. Add to this, that the air re-echoed with a confused sound of trumpets, of Moorish flutes, and of other instruments, the fashion of that country, forming a symphony of deafening clangour, but very doubtful harmony.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 5 ch. 1

    September 19, 2008

  • "At dawn the next morning I was awoken by a terrific clangour which turned out to be made by a flock of red-eyed pigeons dancing on the tin roof of the guesthouse."

    - 'Resetlement, Ethiopia, 1985', Germaine Greer in The Madwoman's Underclothes.

    September 1, 2008