Definition of gong in English:

gong

noun

  • A metal disk with a turned rim, giving a resonant note when struck.

    ‘a dinner gong’
    • ‘Sure, it had a fine array of percussion - timpani, snare drum, bass drum, gong, glockenspiel - but they were just there for effect.’
    • ‘In the orchestra, I am thinking of using a certain number of brass and also metallic percussion: tubular bells, gongs, tam-tam, etc.’
    • ‘For the first two minutes there's the astonishing range of sounds made by a collection of traditional Chinese gongs, and when the orchestra enters it feels effortlessly oriental.’
    • ‘After enjoying the breathtaking views along the east coast for about an hour the dinner gong chimed and all went below deck to feast on the lavish buffet provided by this 5 star establishment.’
    • ‘He struck the gong, and it made a deep and yet bright sound that echoed through the hall, and all the Danes laughed as he struck it again and again.’
    • ‘It contains more than 40 drums, gongs, a vibraphone and seven-feet marimbas to name but a few.’
    • ‘One of their most popular musical ensembles played during such occasions is the gamelan, an instrumental ensemble made up of drums, xylophones, metallophones, tuned gongs, and bamboo flutes.’
    • ‘Drums, gongs and cymbals are played during the dance to symbolically heal the lion and scare away any evil spirits and bring good luck.’
    • ‘A gong, cymbals, a triangle, and a timpani, as well as the pentatonic scale, create a sense of the Far East.’
    • ‘A variety of groups in the Hull area will be able to use the Gamelan - a set of chimes, gongs and tuned metal bars made in Java - being purchased by the city council with the help of a £9,000 award.’
    • ‘Other instruments used in folk music include transverse and vertical flutes, drums, cymbals, gongs, and tambourines.’
    • ‘Suddenly, there was a deep, echoing ringing, as though someone had struck a giant gong.’
    • ‘The single, deep note sounded by the gong sent twelve people running toward the center of the arena.’
    • ‘They are operated by two men who are usually martial arts masters, accompanied by musicians playing a large drum, cymbals and gongs.’
    • ‘The gong then sounded for dinner which was enjoyed immensely with lots of wine.’
    • ‘Other resonant devices like chimes, tuning forks and gongs are utilized by professionals.’
    • ‘Dance music can be played by musicians walking or dancing in a procession, and it features long drums, gongs, cymbals, and bamboo flutes.’
    • ‘Rhythm is provided by drums, iron gongs, cymbals, rattles, and hand clapping.’
    • ‘At once, the diminutive Goblin leapt off the platform and struck a gong, signalling the beginning of the final battle.’
    • ‘The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is remarkably clear, and provides nice surround effects for the gongs and other musical instruments heard on the soundtrack.’
    chime, gong, alarm
    View synonyms

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Sound a gong or make a sound like that of a gong being struck.

    • ‘Those who fail to tickle the audience will be gonged loudly off the stage.’
    • ‘The two were silent for a moment, and then suddenly the large clock in the hallway gonged on the hour.’
    • ‘Suddenly a bell gonged loudly through the palace.’
    • ‘It was wonderfully meditative, and as I sat there cross-legged, gonging away and soaking up the mystical reverberations, I got to thinking.’
    • ‘There was the beating of the Tibetan drum and some gonging also.’
    • ‘Check out these 80 musicians from China who'll be gonging, cymbaling and bamboo-fluting their way through a performance at Penn's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Malay gong, gung, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation:

gong

/ɡäNG//ɡôNG/