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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gong \Gong\, n. 1. [Malayan (Jav.) g[=o]ng.] An instrument, first used in the East, made of an alloy of copper and tin, shaped like a disk with upturned rim, and producing, when struck, a harsh and resounding noise. [1913 Webster] O'er distant deserts sounds the Tartar gong. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mach.) A flat saucerlike bell, rung by striking it with a small hammer which is connected with it by various mechanical devices; a stationary bell, used to sound calls or alarms; -- called also gong bell. [1913 Webster] Gong metal, an alloy (78 parts of copper, 22 of tin), from which Oriental gongs are made. [1913 Webster]