NounBang (plural Bangs)
- A sudden percussive noise.
- A strike upon an object causing such a noise.
- An explosion.
- (US) (especially plural) A fringe of hair cut across the forehead. (British: fringe)
- (US) The symbol !, known as an exclamation point.
- (mathematics) A factorial, in mathematics, because the factorial of n is often written as n!
- (figuratively) An act of sexual intercourse.
- plural: Brucellosis, a bacterial disease (a corruption of the alternate name "Bang's disease")
- An offbeat figure typical of reggae songs and played on guitar and piano.
- (slang) An explosive product, in mining
- (slang) An abrupt left turn, in Boston slang; the opposite of this, an abrupt right turn, is a hang
- To make sudden loud noises, and often repeatedly, especially by exploding or hitting something; to slam.
- (slang, figuratively) To engage in sexual intercourse.
- (with "in") To hammer or to hit anything hard.
Adverbs for Bang
- (to slam) fitfully; resoundingly; loudly; emphatically; terrifically; crashingly; tremendously; explosively; thunderously; furiously.
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.