Definitions for: Gong


[n] a percussion instrument consisting of vertical metal tubes of different lengths that are struck with a hammer
[n] a percussion instrument consisting of a metal plate that is struck with a soft-headed drumstick
[v] sound a gong



Webster (1913) Definition: Gong, n. [AS. gong, gang, a going, passage, drain. See
Gang.]
A privy or jakes. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Gong farmer, Gong man, a cleaner of privies. [Obs.]


Gong, n.
1. [Malayan (Jav.) g[=o]ng.] 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.

O'er distant deserts sounds the Tartar gong.
--Longfellow.

2. (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.

Gong metal, an alloy (78 parts of copper, 22 of tin), from
which Oriental gongs are made.

Synonyms: bell, chime, tam-tam

See Also: carillon, handbell, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, sound

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