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.
  • intransitive v. To sound with a clank.
  • transitive v. To cause to sound with a clank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. A sharp, hard, metallic sound: as, the clank of chains or fetters.

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

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


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

Probably imitative.



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