gong

A gong is a large percussion instrument that you play by hitting it with a mallet. Gongs make a resonant, echoing sound. In the classic game show "The Gong Show," amateur performers tried to impress judges who could end the act by banging a giant gong.

There are two types of gongs: one that makes a loud, crashing sound, and another that is actually tuned to a specific note. The crashing gong is sometimes also called a tam-tam. The oldest gongs were played in the early Han Dynasty in China, and gongs continue to be common in religious and secular Chinese music. Gong, named for the sound of a gong, comes from Malay.

Definitions of gong
  1. noun
    a percussion instrument consisting of a metal plate that is struck with a softheaded drumstick
    synonyms: tam-tam
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    type of:
    percussion instrument, percussive instrument
    a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
  2. noun
    a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument
    synonyms: bell, chime
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    types:
    carillon
    set of bells hung in a bell tower
    handbell
    a bell that is held in the hand
    type of:
    percussion instrument, percussive instrument
    a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
  3. verb
    sound a gong
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    type of:
    sound
    cause to sound
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