Definition of clangor in US English:


(British clangour)


  • A continuous loud banging or ringing sound.

    ‘he went deaf because of the clangor of the steam hammers’
    • ‘On the other side, you can see and hear the whole old city of Kabul, with the laughter of children, the clangor of metalsmiths, and the chanting from the Shi'ite mosque reverberating up through the clear, dry air.’
    • ‘‘Ah - Miss Corel,’ he greeted her charmingly, ignoring the clangor of alarms and frantic shouts from outside.’
    • ‘In the clangor of battle I discerned the slight sound of something moving at a great velocity toward me.’
    • ‘The disconnect between his robust frame and sickly music mirrors the tension in the songs themselves, between quivering ephemera and hulking clangor.’
    • ‘The cacophonous clangor grows louder and louder.’
    • ‘He grasped the sword and traced the sword's point on the stone with a slow clangor.’
    • ‘Industrial progress in Chicago produced loud sounds, whether the thrum of machinery, the clangor of busy loading docks, or the cries of brawny laborers.’
    • ‘Putting it in motion takes time and attention; do it right, and you get all kinds of clash and clangor and pretty sparks ‘His voice trails off, and his gaze is suddenly hard and keen.’’
    • ‘The songs are therapeutic laptop pop ballads amidst the industrial clangor of the album.’
    • ‘No two adjacent doors are ever opened at the same time and the whole building is a clangour of keys and doors, enough to rapidly induce headaches and rampant claustrophobia.’
    • ‘A voice cut cold and taunting through the clangor of the fight.’
    • ‘The sound can be a raucous metallic clangour or it can be as soft as notes on velvet.’
    • ‘The clangor of honking cars and the maddening din of a thousand engines almost drive me to vertigo.’
    • ‘To tremendous cheers and the clangour of bells they rode in on one horse, with Margaret riding pillion behind the King, escorted by two hundred knights and pausing to witness numerous pageants.’
    • ‘‘It is a fine sight to see the skyscrapers of Manhattan slip away astern; with them fade the cares and clangor of the city,’ she wrote some years later.’
    • ‘The play was punctuated by the merciless clangor of wood blocks.’
    • ‘Emerson really means to ‘accept,’ as he puts it, ‘the clangor and jangle of contrary tendencies’.’
    reverberation, ringing, ring, ding-dong, bong, peal, chime, toll
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Late 16th century: from Latin clangor, from clangere ‘resound’.