Definitions

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

  • noun A Chinese association or political party.
  • noun An association or a secret society of Chinese in the United States, believed to be involved in organized crime.
  • transitive verb To seize, hold, or manipulate with tongs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An old spelling of tongue.
  • noun One of a number of holding- and lifting-instruments of various forms.
  • noun [Tongs were formerly used in rough burlesque music:
  • noun In diamond-cutting, a two-footed wooden stand that has at one end a vise-like iron holder, into which the dop containing the diamond is fastened, holding the diamond against the wheel.
  • noun plural A device for anchoring the body of a car to the track when it is not in use.
  • noun plural Trousers.
  • To seize, hold, or take with tongs.
  • To handle or use tongs; capture something, as oysters, with tongs.

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

  • noun obsolete Tongue.
  • noun In China, an association, secret society, or organization of any kind; in the United States, usually, a secret association of Chinese such as that of the highbinders; in the U. S. the tongs have been frequently associated with criminal activity and gang warfare.

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

  • noun An instrument or tool used for manipulating things in a fire without touching them with the hands.
  • verb intransitive To use tongs.
  • verb transitive To grab, manipulate or transport something using tongs.
  • noun A Chinese secret society or gang.

Etymologies

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

[Cantonese tong4, assembly hall, familial relationship between cousins, from Middle Chinese tɦaŋ (also the source of Mandarin táng).]

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

[Back-formation from tongs.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English tange, from a Germanic root. Cognate to Old Norse tǫng (modern Icelandic töng), Old High German zanga (modern German Zange). Other cognates include Sanskrit दशति (daśati, "to bite") and Albanian dang ("bite, nip").

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From Cantonese.

Examples

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  • Shankar Ganesh thinks .. though my ma tong is tamil, i know a little bit of hindi and i think the hindi version of your name is correct!

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  • The village corporation is managed by what the Chinese refer to as a tong.

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  • Jin Dan is the only way to reach fan lao huan tong, which is to transform old age to the health and purity of the baby state.

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  • Jin Dan is the only way to reach fan lao huan tong, which is to transform old age to the health and purity of the baby state.

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  • The village corporation is managed by what the Chinese refer to as a tong.

    In The Shadow of The Cypress

  • Jin Dan is the only way to reach fan lao huan tong, which is to transform old age to the health and purity of the baby state.

    Tao II

  • Jin Dan is the only way to reach fan lao huan tong, which is to transform old age to the health and purity of the baby state.

    Tao II

  • As financial secretary in 2007, he handed out income tax rebates and property-rate waivers, earning him the nickname of "tong tong," a term for sweets, from the local press.

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