Pronunciation: (gông, gong),[key] —n. 1. a large bronze disk, of Asian origin, having an upturned rim, that produces a vibrant, hollow tone when struck, usually with a stick or hammer that has a padded head.
2. a shallow bell sounded by a hammer operated electrically or mechanically: The fire-alarm system will automatically sound the gong. 3. (in a clock or watch) a rod or wire, either straight or bent into a spiral, on which the time is struck.
4. Brit. Slang.a medal or military decoration.
—v.i. to sound as a gong does; ring, chime, or reverberate.