Bang

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English

Noun

Bang (plural Bangs)
  1. A sudden percussive noise.
  2. A strike upon an object causing such a noise.
  3. An explosion.
  4. (US) (especially plural) A fringe of hair cut across the forehead. (British: fringe)
  5. (US) The symbol !, known as an exclamation point.
  6. (mathematics) A factorial, in mathematics, because the factorial of n is often written as n!
  7. (figuratively) An act of sexual intercourse.
  8. plural: Brucellosis, a bacterial disease (a corruption of the alternate name "Bang's disease")
  9. An offbeat figure typical of reggae songs and played on guitar and piano.
  10. (slang) An explosive product, in mining
  11. (slang) An abrupt left turn, in Boston slang; the opposite of this, an abrupt right turn, is a hang

Verb

Bang (third-person singular simple present bangs, present participle banging, simple past and past participle banged)

  1. To make sudden loud noises, and often repeatedly, especially by exploding or hitting something; to slam.
  2. (slang, figuratively) To engage in sexual intercourse.
  3. (with "in") To hammer or to hit anything hard.

Interjection

bang

Adverbs for Bang

  • (to slam) fitfully; resoundingly; loudly; emphatically; terrifically; crashingly; tremendously; explosively; thunderously; furiously.
  1. a verbal emulation of a sudden percussive sound

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Pronunciation

Etymology

Probably derived from, or at least cognate with, Old Norse and Icelandic banga "to pound, hammer,", cognate with Danish banke "to beat," Danish bengel and German Bengel "club", bungen (pulsate) (rare) etc. (Can we verify this etymology?) perhaps of onomatopoeic origin, coinciding with Korean 방아 (banga) "pounding" or milling of grain.

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