Definition of clang in English:


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Pronunciation: /klaŋ


A loud, resonant metallic sound or series of sounds: the steel door slammed shut with a clang
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  • At that precise moment, a gong near the entrance way was sounded, the metallic clang echoing around the Great Hall.
  • Metallic clangs sounded as blade met blade, and the cries of the wounded echoed in their ears.
  • The crowd silenced as a loud clang sounded behind the burly man.
reverberation, ringing, ring, ding-dong, bong, peal, chime, toll;
clank, clash, crash, clangour
informal boing


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Make or cause to make a clang: [no object]: the bell of a fire engine clanged [with object]: the belfry still clangs its bell at 9 p.m.
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  • A heavy door clanged shut behind him and then there was silence.
  • The double doors clanged shut behind me, and I stared in wonder at the sunlight streaming through a wall of windows.
  • As I dragged myself out from underneath him the door clanged shut with such a final note that I felt a shiver go down my spine.
reverberate, resound, ring, bong, peal, chime, toll;
clank, clash, crash
informal boing
rare tang


late 16th century: imitative, influenced by Latin clangere 'resound'.

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