from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit.
  • noun A group of adolescents who band together, especially a group of delinquents.
  • noun Informal A group of people who associate regularly on a social basis.
  • noun A group of laborers organized together on one job or under one foreperson.
  • noun A matched or coordinated set, as of tools.
  • noun A pack of wolves or wild dogs.
  • noun A herd, especially of buffalo or elk.
  • intransitive verb To band together as a group or gang.
  • intransitive verb To arrange or assemble into a group, as for simultaneous operation or production.
  • intransitive verb To attack as an organized group.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To arrange in gangs; combine (several) into one set, to be operated together: as, to gang saws, plows, or the like. See gang, n., 9.
  • noun Nautical, a set of standing rigging.
  • To go; walk; proceed.
  • noun A going; walking; ability to walk.
  • noun Currency.
  • noun A way; course; passage.
  • noun The channel of a stream, or the course in which it is wont to run; a watercourse.
  • noun Hence A ravine or gulley.
  • noun In mining. See gangue.
  • noun The field or pasture in which animals graze: as, those beasts have a good gang.
  • noun A number going or acting in company, whether of persons or of animals: as, a gang of drovers; a gang of elks.
  • noun A number of workmen or laborers of any kind engaged on any piece of work under supervision of one person; a squad; more particularly, a shift of men; a set of laborers working together during the same hours.
  • noun A combination of several tools, machines, etc., operated by a single force, or so contrived as to act as one: as, a gang of saws or plows; a gang of fish-hooks; a gang of mine-cars, tubs, or trams.
  • noun As much as one goes for or carries at once; a go.
  • noun A retired place; a privy; a jakes.
  • noun Synonyms Covey, etc. See flock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To go; to walk.
  • noun obsolete A going; a course.
  • noun A number going in company; hence, a company, or a number of persons associated for a particular purpose; a group of laborers under one foreman; a squad
  • noun A combination of similar implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set.
  • noun (Naut.) A set; all required for an outfit.
  • noun (Mining) The mineral substance which incloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue.
  • noun A group of teenagers or young adults forming a more or less formalized group associating for social purposes, in some cases requiring initiation rites to join.
  • noun A group of persons organized for criminal purposes; a criminal organization.
  • noun (Naut.) A plank within or without the bulwarks of a vessel's waist, for the sentinel to walk on.
  • noun a small cask in which to bring water aboard ships or in which it is kept on deck.
  • noun a cultivator or plow in which several shares are attached to one frame, so as to make two or more furrows at the same time.
  • noun Rogation days; the time of perambulating parishes. See Gang week (below).
  • noun a drilling machine having a number of drills driven from a common shaft.
  • noun a master or employer of a gang of workmen.
  • noun See Gang board (above).
  • noun See Gang cultivator (above).
  • noun a press for operating upon a pile or row of objects separated by intervening plates.
  • noun a saw fitted to be one of a combination or gang of saws hung together in a frame or sash, and set at fixed distances apart.


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

[Middle English, band of men, from Old English, journey, and Old Norse -gangr, journey, group (as in thjofagangr, gang of thieves).]

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From Middle English gang, from Old English gang ("a journey, a way, a passage"), from Proto-Germanic *gangaz. Cognate with Dutch gang, Icelandic gangur.

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From Middle English gangen, from Old English gangan ("to go, walk, turn out"), from Proto-Germanic *ganganan (“to go, walk”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰengʰ- (“to step, walk”). Cognate with Scots gang ("to go on foot, walk"), Swedish gånga ("to walk, go"), Faroese ganga ("to walk"), Icelandic ganga ("to walk, go").

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See gan.


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