- A loud, sharp sound or series of sounds, as is made by pieces of metal being struck together: the groan and clank of a winchMore example sentences
- With a series of sharp metal clanks from each of the twelve locks the gateway swung open quietly on well oiled hinges to allow the travelers passage.
- There was a loud clank as the metal hit concrete.
- The sand disappeared in a giant ‘whoosh’ and the empty hemispherical sections returned together with a sharp clank.
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- Make or cause to make a clank: [no object]: I could hear the chain clanking [with object]: he clanked his heavy ring of keysMore example sentences
- So if you see me driving round in a big, clanking heavy old thing, you will know that I got it right and chose the car.
- They got off the bus and were led, leg chains clanking and dragging on the cobbles as they shuffled along, following the warder.
- Less than a second later, the chains clanked against the wall.
late Middle English (but rare before the mid 17th century): imitative.