What does clang mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clang, clangor, clangour, clangoring, clank, clash, crashverb

    a loud resonant repeating noise

    "he could hear the clang of distant bells"

  2. clang, clangorverb

    make a loud noise

    "clanging metal"


  1. clangnoun

    A loud, ringing sound, like that made by free-hanging metal objects striking each other.

  2. clangnoun

    Quality of tone.

  3. clangnoun

    The cry of some birds, including the crane and the goose.

  4. clangnoun

    A word or phrase linked only by sound and not by meaning, characteristic of some mental disorders.

  5. clangverb

    To strike (objects) together so as to produce a clang.

  6. clangverb

    To give out a clang; to resound.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CLANGnoun

    A sharp, shrill noise.

    Etymology: clangor, Lat.

    With such a horrid clang
    As on mount Sinai rang,
    While the red fire and smould’ring clouds out brake. John Milton.

    An island, salt and bare,
    The haunt of seals and orcs, and sea-mews clang. John Milton.

    What clangs were heard in German skies afar,
    Of arms and armies rushing to the war. John Dryden, Virg. Georg.

    Guns, and trumpets clang, and solemn sound
    Of drums, o’ercame their groans. Philips.

  2. To Clangverb

    To strike together with a noise.

    The fierce Curetes trod tumultuous
    Their mystick dance, and clang’d their sounding arms;
    Industrious with the warlike din to quell
    Thy infant cries. Matthew Prior.

  3. To Clangverb

    To clatter; to make a loud shrill noise.

    Etymology: clango, Lat.

    Have I not in a pitched battle heard
    Loud ’larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets clang. William Shakespeare.

    The Libyans clad in armour, lead
    The dance; and clanging swords and shields they beat. Matthew Prior.


  1. Clang

    Clang is a compiler front end for the C, C++, Objective-C and Objective-C++ programming languages, as well as the OpenMP, OpenCL, RenderScript, CUDA and HIP frameworks. It uses the LLVM compiler infrastructure as its back end and has been part of the LLVM release cycle since LLVM 2.6. It is designed to act as a drop-in replacement for the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), supporting most of its compilation flags and unofficial language extensions. Its contributors include Apple, Microsoft, Google, ARM, Sony, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). It is open-source software, with source code released under the University of Illinois/NCSA License, a permissive free software licence. Since v9.0.0, it was relicensed to the Apache License 2.0 with LLVM Exceptions.Clang 10, the latest major version of Clang as of August 2020, has full support for all published C++ standards and partial support for the upcoming C++20 standard. Since v6.0.0, Clang compiles C++ using the GNU++14 dialect by default, which includes features from the C++14 standard and conforming GNU extensions.The Clang project includes the Clang front end, a static analyzer, and several code analysis tools.


  1. clang

    Clang is a term primarily used to denote two things: 1) As a sound descriptor: It refers to a loud, resonant, metallic sound, typically produced when two hard objects strike together. 2) As a compiler: Clang is the name of a compiler for the programming languages C, C++, and Objective-C. It's a part of the LLVM (Low Level Virtual Machine) project and is known to provide a range of tooling services for these languages like static source code analysis and code generation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clangverb

    to strike together so as to produce a ringing metallic sound

  2. Clangverb

    to give out a clang; to resound

  3. Clangnoun

    a loud, ringing sound, like that made by metallic substances when clanged or struck together

  4. Clangnoun

    quality of tone

  5. Etymology: [L. clangere; akin to Gr. kla`zein to clash, scream; or perh. to E. clank.]


  1. Clang

    Clang is a compiler front end for the C, C++, Objective-C and Objective-C++ programming languages. It uses LLVM as its back end and has been part of its releases since LLVM 2.6. Its goal is to offer a replacement to the GNU Compiler Collection. Development is completely open-source, with several major software development companies involved. Its source code is available under the University of Illinois/NCSA License. The Clang project includes the Clang front end and the Clang static analyzer among others.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clang

    klang, v.i. to produce a sharp, ringing sound.—v.t. to cause to clang.—n. a sharp, ringing sound, like that made by metallic substances struck together: (fig.) sound, the cry of some birds.—n. Clang′ing, the sound corresponding to the verb.—adj. Clang′orous.—adv. Clang′orously.—n. Clang′our, a clang: a sharp, shrill, harsh sound.—v.i. to make a clangour. [L. clangĕre; Ger. klang; formed from the sound.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. clang

    The rattling or clashing of arms.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CLANG

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clang is ranked #108199 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Clang surname appeared 164 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Clang.

    93.2% or 153 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clang in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clang in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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