One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1in singular A strong taste, flavor, or smell.‘the clean salty tang of the sea’
flavour, taste, savoursmell, odour, aroma, fragrance, perfume, redolenceView synonyms
- ‘You can hear the waves breaking on the shore and a salty tang fills the moonlight air.’
- ‘Then she smelt the sharp tang of sulphur again and turned back.’
- ‘I drank and grimaced at the tartness, the tang of spice, but it helped settle my stomach.’
- ‘A cool breeze wound through the narrow streets, and the tang of the sea was stronger.’
- ‘I noticed the slight tang of ginger on his breath.’
- ‘I have come in to breathe in the still, dark air, the scent of prosciutto waiting on the slicer, the tang of lemon leaves.’
- ‘She had missed the smell of the sea, the salty tang to the breeze that brushed her cloak and her hair.’
- ‘She says it just gives it a bit of a tang, you can't taste the cheese.’
- ‘Under full sail, you're one with the wind and the water, the sun warming your skin, the tang of salt spray on your tongue.’
- ‘If the tide was out, I could smell the tang of seaweed and the musky odor of the mud flats, and hear the clicking sounds as the barnacles and mussels closed up their shells.’
- ‘The heat of the peppers is tempered by the peanuts, the sweetness of the honey balanced by the soy sauce and the citrusy tang of the ginger complemented by the garlic.’
- ‘With this fast Indian fish curry, the refreshing tang comes from fresh ginger, while spices combine to give a complex backdrop of flavour.’
- ‘Set against spice of the chili and the sharp tang of the lime, it is an intense combination of tastes that balance beautifully with the lightness of the fish itself.’
- ‘I bit my lip until I tasted the bitter tang of blood.’
- ‘The salty tang hung in the air, making the atmosphere seem oppressive and dangerous.’
- ‘In summer, I add scoops of rich ice-cream; in winter, natural yoghurt and flower honey give a fragrant tang.’
- ‘Tasting the salty tang of my own sweat, I sighed tiredly.’
- ‘The balmy wind caressed their cheeks as they could taste the salty tang of the sea on their lips.’
- ‘It was fantastic: a very imaginative combination of tastes, from the saltiness of the Italian cured ham to the soft cheese and delicate fruit flavours, with the added tang of a balsamic sauce.’
- ‘Even she hadn't noticed she'd bitten her lip until the coppery tang of blood rushed her taste buds.’
- 1.1 A characteristic quality.‘the tang of finality hovers throughout Tolstoy's story’
- ‘He created a unique fusion of the swing of the US big bands of the 40s and the tang of his Cuban roots, aimed fairly and squarely at the dance floor and at popular appeal.’
- ‘Even the air was electric, edged with the tantalising tang of uncertainty, of the unexpected.’
- ‘The film is foremost a screwball comedy, albeit one with considerable tang.’
- ‘As well as rural Forties class culture, with a Northern tang, the other influence is Heath Robinson, that genius inventor of mad machines.’
- ‘Use of the first person, moreover, gives this book the tang of an in-house, partisan staff study rather than a dispassionate analysis.’
2The projection on the blade of a tool such as a knife, by which the blade is held firmly in the handle.
- ‘No ordinary fixed blade knives, these were of a difficult integral design in which the blade, bolsters and tang are machined from a solid piece of steel billet.’
- ‘Of course the most notable feature of the series is the absence of a protruding grip safety tang.’
- ‘Winchester has reintroduced the tang safety on its lever actions this year, replacing the unpopular cross-bolt safety.’
- ‘The knife has a curvaceous handle with front and rear guards built into the full tang blade steel.’
- ‘The knife and fork slot together as one, and the outer face of each handle is ornamented with a shaped ivory tang inset with horn, brass, and coral.’
- ‘The models have concealed tangs inside the handles, again with one-piece construction of solid steel.’
- ‘The hilt was usually without a pommel or crossguard, whilst the tang went all the way through the smaller seax handles and was clenched over at the end of the grip.’
- ‘The new Winchesters feature inertial triggers and a conventional tang safety that also doubles as a barrel selector.’
- ‘For more irony, though the old-style grip safety tang tends to bite larger hands, it causes no problem for most small-handed shooters.’
- ‘The lock's radiused, arc-shaped design permits maximum surface contact with the blade's tang.’
- ‘The blades are housed in a brass lining and feature the Remington trademark etch and tang stamp.’
- ‘The Puma rifles, not carbines, are already drilled and tapped for tang sights.’
- ‘My interest in tang sights was fueled even more with the chance to test a Winchester High Wall from the rifle company.’
- ‘It's important to note the sight will not work with the new versions made by Winchester that have the tang safety installed.’
- ‘The 3 1/2-inch blade is high carbon stainless steel with full visible tang construction.’
- ‘There was a time when having a tang sight on your rifle was the sign of a serious marksman.’
- ‘This Japanese Sword Index has very detailed and thorough information about sword types, blades, tangs, even flaws.’
- ‘The tang, or shank, that went into the solid handle was notched and recessed on each side.’
- ‘Arrowhead types include those with round shoulders and a swollen tang as well as those with angular, slanting shoulders and bilaterally knobbed or spurred tangs.’
- ‘The tapered tang reduces weight in the handle and places the balance further forward where it increases control.’
Middle English (denoting a snake's tongue, formerly believed to be a stinging organ; also denoting the sting of an insect): from Old Norse tangi ‘point, tang of a knife’.
Make a loud ringing or clanging sound.‘the bronze bell tangs’
- ‘All of a sudden St. Philip's ten bells start tanging - one oclock already - and at once the workshops and factories around the yard begin disgorging throngs of workers on their way to lunch’
- ‘The joy-bells tang out a merry peal, and the inhabitants in general put lights into their windows.’
A tanging sound.
- ‘"Back to port," she shouts above the tang of the bell and rumble of the bus and I don't know if there's a driver or if there's someone swinging the mast to catch the nonexistent breeze to take us in another direction.’
Mid 16th century: imitative.
A surgeonfish which occurs around reefs and rocky areas, where it browses on algae.
- ‘Aided by a friendly blue tang called Dory, who suffers from short-term memory loss, Marlin travels through shark infested waters, overcoming myriad dangers to reunite with his beloved boy.’
- ‘Holding the chain railing, we followed our leader and had up-close encounters with yellow tails, sergeant majors, blue tang, trumpet fish, and other reef dwellers.’
- ‘What struck me most were the brilliantly-coloured blue tangs, surgeonfish which don't want to be photographed, and the soft corals.’
- ‘The clownfish and hippo tang, for example, look almost identical to their real-life counterparts.’
- ‘The great clouds of yellow black and white banner angelfish, brilliant blue fusiliers, yellow tangs and smart surgeonfish are gone.’
Mid 18th century: from tang.
A dynasty ruling China 618–c.906, a period noted for territorial conquest and great wealth and regarded as the golden age of Chinese poetry and art.
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