2. A clique; a sect, society, or body of persons; esp., a body of persons united by some common interest
or pursuit; sometimes used contemptuously.
Partidge and the rest of his clan may hoot me.
The whole clan of the enlightened among us.
(Clan"cu*lar) a. [L. clancularius , from clanculum secretly, adv. dim. of clam secretly.] Conducted
with secrecy; clandestine; concealed. [Obs.]
Not close and clancular, but frank and open.
(Clan"cu*lar*ly), adv. privately; secretly. [Obs.]
(Clan*des"tine) a. [L. clandestinus, fr. clam secretly; akin to celare, E. conceal: cf. F.
clandestin.] Conducted with secrecy; withdrawn from public notice, usually for an evil purpose; kept secret; hidden; private; underhand; as,
a clandestine marriage. Locke.
Syn. Hidden; secret; private; concealed; underhand; sly; stealthy; surreptitious; furtive; fraudulent.
Clan*des"tine*ly, adv. Clan*des"tine*ness, n.
(Clan`des*tin"i*ty) n. Privacy or secrecy. [R.]
(Clang) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clanged (klangd); p. pr. & vb. n. Clanging.] [L. clangere; akin to
Gr. kla`zein to clash, scream; or perh. to E. clank.] To strike together so as to produce a ringing metallic
The fierce Caretes . . . clanged their sounding arms.
(Clang), v. i. To give out a clang; to resound. "Clanging hoofs." Tennyson.
1. A loud, ringing sound, like that made by metallic substances when clanged or struck together.
The broadsword's deadly clang,
As if a thousand anvils rang.
Sir W. Scott.
2. (Mus.) Quality of tone.
(Clan"gor) n. [L., fr. clangere. See Clang, v. t.] A sharp, harsh, ringing sound. Dryden.
(Clan"gor*ous) a. [LL. clangorosus.] Making a clangor; having a ringing, metallic sound.
(Clan"gous) a. Making a clang, or a ringing metallic sound. [Obs.]
(Clan*jam"frie) n. Same as Clamjamphrie. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
(Clank) n. [Akin to clink, and of imitative origin; cf. G. klang sound, D. klank. Cf. Clang.] A
sharp, brief, ringing sound, made by a collision of metallic or other sonorous bodies; usually expressing
a duller or less resounding sound than clang, and a deeper and stronger sound than clink.
But not in chains to pine,
His spirit withered with tyeur clank.
(Clank), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clanked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Clanking.] To cause to sound with a
clank; as, the prisoners clank their chains.