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clang (plural clangs)
- A loud, ringing sound, like that made by free-hanging metal objects striking each other.
- Quality of tone.
- The cry of some birds, including the crane and the goose.
- (psychology, psychiatry) A word or phrase linked only by sound and not by meaning, characteristic of some mental disorders.
- (music) Alternative form of
loud ringing sound
- (transitive) To strike (objects) together so as to produce a clang.
- a. 1722, Matthew Prior, “The First Hymn of Callimachus. To Jupiter.”, in The Poetical Works of Matthew Prior […], Edinburgh: James Nichol, […], published 1858, OCLC 1000393117, lines 58–60, page 207:
- Around, the first Curetes (order solemn / To thy foreknowing mother!) trod tumultuous / Their mystic dance, and clanged their sounding arms; [...]
- (intransitive) To give out a clang; to resound.
- 2015 May 25, Daniel Taylor, “Norwich reach Premier League after early blitz sees off Middlesbrough”, in The Guardian (London):
- Middlesbrough will wonder whether it might have been different if the volley that Jelle Vossen slashed towards John Ruddy’s net after nine minutes had been a couple inches lower rather than clanging off the crossbar. They should not dwell on that moment too long, however.
- 1933, Norvell Page, Wings of the Black Death:
- A cell door clanged metallically and Wentworth was flung inside. He tripped, collapsed upon the concrete floor.
- 1917, Rose Wilder Lane, Henry Ford’s Own Story:
- Then the sparks flew from the anvil while the great hammer clanged on the metal, shaping it, and Henry begged to be allowed to try it