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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.]

 

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Gong, n.

1. [Malayan (Jav.) g&omac;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.

 

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