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bang

Definitions

  • It Burst With a Loud 'bang.' 145
    It Burst With a Loud 'bang.' 145
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv bang directly "he ran bang into the pole","ran slap into her"
    • v bang leap, jerk, bang "Bullets spanged into the trees"
    • v bang strike violently "slam the ball"
    • v bang close violently "He slammed the door shut"
    • v bang have sexual intercourse with "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm","Adam knew Eve","Were you ever intimate with this man?"
    • v bang move noisily "The window banged shut","The old man banged around the house"
    • v bang to produce a sharp often metallic explosive or percussive sound "One of them banged the sash of the window nearest my bed"
    • n bang a conspicuous success "that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career","that new Broadway show is a real smasher","the party went with a bang"
    • n bang a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead
    • n bang a sudden very loud noise
    • n bang a vigorous blow "the sudden knock floored him","he took a bash right in his face","he got a bang on the head"
    • n bang the swift release of a store of affective force "they got a great bang out of it","what a boot!","he got a quick rush from injecting heroin","he does it for kicks"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Title Page, Jack and the Check Book by John Kendrick Bangs Title Page, Jack and the Check Book by John Kendrick Bangs

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour
    • Bang A blow as with a club; a heavy blow. "Many a stiff thwack, many a bang ."
    • Bang A surge of pleasure; a thrill; -- usually used in the phrase get a bang out of; as, I always get a bang out of watching an ice skater do a quadruple jump.
    • Bang (Printing & Computers) An exclamation point; -- used in verbal descriptions of text, in printing and in computer technology; as, his email address is tom bang stanford dot edu (i.e. tom!stanford.edu.
    • Bang An instance of sexual intercourse; a fuck. Considered vulgar and obscene.
    • n Bang See Bhang.
    • Bang The loud sound produced by a sudden concussion or explosion.
    • n Bang The short, front hair combed down over the forehead, esp. when cut squarely across; a false front of hair similarly worn; -- usually used in the plural; as, her bangs came down almost to her eyes. "His hair cut in front like a young lady's bang ."
    • Bang To beat or thump, or to cause (something) to hit or strike against another object, in such a way as to make a loud noise; as, to bang a drum or a piano; to bang a door (against the doorpost or casing) in shutting it.
    • Bang To beat, as with a club or cudgel; to treat with violence; to handle roughly. "The desperate tempest hath so banged the Turks."
    • v. t Bang To cut squarely across, as the tail of a horse, or the forelock of human beings; to cut (the hair). "His hair banged even with his eyebrows."
    • Bang To have sexual intercourse with; to fuck; -- usually used with the male as a subject. Considered vulgar or obscene.
    • Bang To have sexual intercourse; to fuck. Considered vulgar and obscene.
    • Bang To make a loud noise, as if with a blow or succession of blows; as, the window blind banged and waked me; he was banging on the piano.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: James Bond is also known as Mr. Kiss-Kiss-Bang-Bang
    • bang To beat, as with a club or cudgel; thump; cudgel.
    • bang To beat or handle roughly in any way; treat with violence; knock about; drub; defeat: often with about: as, to bang the furniture about.
    • bang To produce a loud noise from or by, as in slamming a door, and the like: as, he went out and banged the door behind him.
    • bang To beat in any quality or action; surpass; excel.
    • bang To strike violently or noisily; thump: usually with against.
    • bang To resound with clashing noises.
    • bang To spring or move with sudden energy or impetus; bounce: as, he banged up at once.
    • n bang A heavy, resounding blow; a thump, as with a club.
    • n bang A loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun or cannon, the slamming of a door, etc.
    • n bang A sudden, impetuous movement; an energetic dash or bounce: as, he got up with a bang.
    • n bang A stick; a club.
    • n bang Synonyms See thump.
    • bang With a sudden or violent blow or clap; all of a sudden; abruptly: especially with come or go: as, bang went the guns.
    • bang To cut across: used of hair. To cut (the hair) so as to form a fringe over the forehead: a common fashion with girls and young women.
    • bang To dock (a horse's tail).
    • n bang The front hair cut so as to hang evenly over the forehead: often in the plural: as, to wear bangs.
    • n bang See bhang.
    • n bang The Cuban sardine, Sardinella pseudohispanica.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bang bang a heavy blow: a sudden loud noise: an explosion
    • v.t Bang to beat: to strike violently: to slam, as a door: to make a loud noise: to beat or surpass, to bounce upon
    • interj Bang used with verbs like 'go,' &c., and in such a phrase as 'bang off.'—p.adj. Bang′ing, dealing blows: overwhelming
    • n Bang bang a woman's hair cut square across the brow
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Quotations

  • Scott Wolf
    Scott Wolf
    “When I had no work and all this time on my hands, I couldn't get a date. Now that I have women banging on my door, I have no time to answer it.”
  • Alfred Hitchcock
    Alfred Hitchcock
    “There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.”
  • Doug Horton
    Doug%20Horton
    “As the fly bangs against the window attempting freedom while the door stands open, so we bang against death ignoring heaven.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief. [On Lohengrin]”
  • Joy Baluch
    Joy Baluch
    “I can be very polite, but I've found that doesn't always get a result. You have got to bang and thump tables.”

Idioms

More bang for your buck - (USA) Something that will give you more bang for your buck will deliver more value than any other option.
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Not with a bang but a whimper - To end on a muted note - most likely in a situation where one would have expected a more spectacular finish. This expression was coined by T.S. Elliot in his 1925 poem, The Hollow Men, which ends: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. banga, to hammer; akin to Dan. banke, to beat, Sw. bångas, to be impetuous, G. bengel, club, clapper of a bell
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
An Americanism, doubtless from the phrase 'bang off.'

Usage

In literature:

Bang, bang, bang, and Boo-oom!
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
A door bang was heard, and her sharp ears detected the sound.
"The Music Master" by Charles Klein
Jones had uttered no cry, the others no sound, but the bumping and banging and smashing had been heard all over the house.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Somebody banged on the door once more.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
On this the door banged with a great crash.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Dr. Bangs is the chairman.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
Contrasting with the oily appearance of the bang were some hairs at the very crown of the head.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Don't bang at me over the shoulders of these poor folks.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
He burst out laughing and gave a bang on the table.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
When all was fast Bangs gave Ole a preliminary kick.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
The cannon went off with a good bang, and the shot he had put in it stuck in the bark of an apple tree.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
Then she ran from the room, and banged the door behind her.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Every time one went up, bang went a Turk's rifle, and the periscope was blown to smithereens.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
Then he stretched his left arm and brought down his clenched hand with a bang on to her shoulder.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
At this moment Hood appeared on the steps, banging his recovered stick noisily as he descended.
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson
Just then a door banged and a footstep approached on the landing.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
A freight train was slow about taking a side track and we came along and banged into it.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
He banged the table, and bared his big yellow teeth in a grin.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
She banged the book together just the first second she had finished.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
He sounded and began to plug away and bang the leader with his tail.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
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In poetry:

Bonnie lassie will ye gang
Shear wi' me the hale day lang;
An' love will mak' us eithly bang
The weary toil o' shearing?
"When Autumn Comes" by Robert Hogg
Perhaps He frowns, perhaps He grieves,
But it seems idle to discuss
If anger or compassion leaves
The bigger bangs to us.
"Friday's Child" by W H Auden
But daan they shoved him, an' he roll'd
Heead first bang into th' mess,
An' aght he coom a woeful seet,
As yo may easy guess.
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
Bang! Bang! Bang!
And always in the head.
Click, and we're watching TV:
The Plane, the Widow, the Mass.
We drive with our lights on.
"A Short History of the Sixties" by Henri Coulette
At top of speed, the horse-men come,
All screaming in a row,
“Whoop! Take him Tiger. Seize him Drum.”
Bang,—bang—the rifles go.
"The Bear Hunt" by Abraham Lincoln
Dawn's like a gunshot in the dark.
A bang-and flying burning bits
Of wadding go out, spark by spark.
Let life be just as fresh as this.
"Fiat" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

The year 2008 went out with a big bang for Microsoft.
Swedish House Mafia may be breaking up, but they're going out with a bang.
The Big Bang Theory's' Halloween "Holographic Excitation " Clips: Howard's Feeling a Bit Blue.
Mykki Blanco – Photo by R. The CMJ Music Marathon went out with a bang on Saturday night thanks to this Tumblr sponsored party at the Knitting Factory.
Amar'e Stoudemire will miss at least the first few weeks of the NBA season with a ruptured cyst in his left knee, but the Knicks' other banged-up big men are hoping to play in the opener Thursday night against the Nets in Brooklyn.
Short bangs are the cutting edge of current trends.
Baker back with a bang.
Horry County is making a federal case over motorcycle burnouts at Murrells Inlet biker bar Suck Bang Blow.
Horry County is making a federal case – literally – over motorcycle burnouts at Murrells Inlet biker bar Suck Bang Blow.
ATLANTA — A scowling teen boy in jeans, hoodie and T-shirt bangs on the roof of his 1978 canary-yellow VW bug that's parked in a cavernous empty warehouse.
The galaxy is about 13.3 billion light-years from Earth, the farthest galaxy yet known, and formed 420 million years after the Big Bang.
The discovery offers the rare possibility of observing the explosions of the first stars to form after the Big Bang.
Scientists could one day see deaths of first stars to arise after Big Bang, researchers say.
Warping fabric of reality, scientists say it formed less than 200 million years after Big Bang.
Astronomers using the Hubble telescope have detected a galaxy that formed just 500 million years after the Big Bang, making it the most distant and oldest galaxy discovered so far.
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In science:

Let us call the big bang time coordinate by tb .
The Apparent Fractal Conjecture: Scaling Features in Standard Cosmologies
However, at the big bang, those averages will behave very differently.
The Apparent Fractal Conjecture: Scaling Features in Standard Cosmologies
According to the Ekpyrotic Universe, the Big Bang of standard cosmology is replaced by the collision of two parallel branes, one of which is our visible space-time, in a higher dimensional bulk.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
The impact of the bulk brane on the visible brane generates the heating event of the visible Universe which replaces the Big Bang of standard cosmology ∗ .
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
Note that a blue spectrum is also obtained in the case of simple models of pre-big-bang cosmology which only include the dilaton field .
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
There also exist some special backgrounds for which pre-big-bang cosmology generates such a spectrum .
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
As will be shown below, it bears many analogies, in particular in terms of the analysis of fluctuations, with pre-big-bang cosmology (see e.g. for a recent comprehensive review).
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
Ekpyrotic Universe or in the prebounce phase of pre-big-bang cosmology, the S-mode is a growing mode.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
We will show that this is exactly what occurs. A similar effect arises in the pre-big-bang scenario.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
Also in that context, the growing mode of the contracting phase of the pre-big-bang phase does not match to the constant mode of the standard big-bang phase (It is not an issue of “gauging away” the growing mode as stated in ).
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
This situation is similar to what occurs in pre-big-bang cosmology .
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
This is satisfied in the pre-big-bang scenario since (presumably) the graceful exit mechanism which determines the bounce occurs at some fixed energy density.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
This result agrees with the conclusions of Deruelle and Mukhanov in the case of the pre-big-bang theory.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
This change leads to D+ = AD− + Bk2 (S+ − S− ) which means that the imprint of the growing mode during the contracting phase on the constant mode of the standard big bang phase is suppressed by k2 and is therefore unimportant in the long wavelength limit for p ∼ 0.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
Note that we are matching a contracting phase of cosmological evolution to an expanding phase at the impact time, similar to what is done in the Einstein frame description of Pre-Big-Bang cosmology.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
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