- A sudden percussive noise.
verb (bangs, banging, banged)
- When he struck it with a hammer, there was a loud .
- A strike upon an object causing such a noise.
- An explosion.
- (especially plural) A fringe of hair cut across the forehead. (British: fringe)
- Tiffany has long hair and bangs.
- 1902: She was not much to look at. Her red hair hung in an uncurled bang over her forehead — w:Barbara Baynton, Barbara Baynton, short story Squeaker's Mate (variously reprinted, including in The Penguin Century of Australian Stories, ed. Carmel Bird, 2000, ISBN 0-670-89233-5)
- The symbol !, known as an exclamation point.
- An e-mail address with an ! is called a path.
- (math) 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
- Load the bang into the hole.
- (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.
Etymology: Probably derived from, or at least cognate with, Old Norse and Icelandic banga "to pound, hammer," perhaps of onomatopoetic origin, coinciding with Korean ëì (banga) "pounding" or milling of grain. More cognates may include Danish banke "to beat," German Bengel "club," etc.
- The fireworks banged away all through the night.
- (slang, figuratively) To engage in sexual intercourse.
- (i, with "in") To hammer or to hit anything hard.
- Hold the picture while I in this nail.
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