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Gong (?), n. [AS. gong, gang, a going, passage, drain. See [Gang].]

A privy or jakes.



[Gong farmer], [Gong man], a cleaner of privies. [Obs.]


© [Webster 1913].

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.


© [Webster 1913].