Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of gang.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A stationary bell in the form of a shallow bowl, which is struck with a hammer.

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

  • noun obsolete A privy or jakes.
  • noun [Obs.] a cleaner of privies.
  • noun 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.
  • noun (Mach.) 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.
  • noun an alloy (78 parts of copper, 22 of tin), from which Oriental gongs are made.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Malay.]

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  • Focus your mind: Tai chi is derived from qi gong, which is a set of purely meditative and healing exercises.

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  • A gong, that is, the grandeur and catastrophe of itself, itself which could be only this single peal and the hundred veilleties of its reverberations, but which can and will be more peals, each one an awful singular, a solid shiverer.

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  • A gong, that is, the grandeur and catastrophe of itself, itself which could be only this single peal and the hundred veilleties of its reverberations, but which can and will be more peals, each one an awful singular, a solid shiverer.

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  • Focus your mind: Tai chi is derived from qi gong, which is a set of purely meditative and healing exercises.

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  • Also receiving a gong is the CEO of the UK Debt Management Office at the Treasury.

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  • Also receiving a gong is the CEO of the UK Debt Management Office at the Treasury.

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  • The Fall were one of five acts nominated for the gong, which is awarded to "the reissue that is both definitive and beautifully packaged."

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  • At the time, all officials were living on a comprehensive allowance system called gong-ji-zhi.

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