Gong farmer, Gong man, a cleaner of privies. [Obs.]

(Gong), n.

1. [Malayan (Jav.) gong.] 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.

O'er distant deserts sounds the Tartar gong.

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.

Gong metal, an alloy (78 parts of copper, 22 of tin), from which Oriental gongs are made.

(Go"ni*a*tite) n. (Paleon.) One of an extinct genus of fossil cephalopods, allied to the Ammonites. The earliest forms are found in the Devonian formation, the latest, in the Triassic.

(Go*nid"i*al) a. (Bot.) Pertaining to, or containing, gonidia.

(Go*nid"i*al), a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the angles of the mouth; as, a gonidial groove of an actinian.

(||Go*nid"i*um) n. [NL., fr. Gr. dim. of angle.] (Zool.) A special groove or furrow at one or both angles of the mouth of many Anthozoa.

(||Go*nid"i*um), n.; pl. Gonidia [NL., fr. Gr. that which generates.] (Bot.) A component cell of the yellowish green layer in certain lichens.

(||Go*nim"i*a) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. productive, fr. that which generates.] (Bot.) Bluish green granules which occur in certain lichens, as Collema, Peltigera, etc., and which replace the more usual gonidia.

(Gon"i*mous) a. (Bot.) Pertaining to, or containing, gonidia or gonimia, as that part of a lichen which contains the green or chlorophyll-bearing cells.

(Gone) p. p. of Go.

(Gone"ness), n. A state of exhaustion; faintness, especially as resulting from hunger. [Colloq. U. S.]

(Gon"fa*lon Gon"fa*non) n. [OE. gonfanoun, OF. gonfanon, F. gonfalon, the same word as F. confalon, name of a religious brotherhood, fr. OHG. gundfano war flag; gund war (used in comp., and akin to AS. guð) + fano cloth, flag; akin to E. vane; cf. AS. guðfana. See Vane, and cf. Confalon.]

1. The ensign or standard in use by certain princes or states, such as the mediæval republics of Italy, and in more recent times by the pope.

2. A name popularly given to any flag which hangs from a crosspiece or frame instead of from the staff or the mast itself.

Standards and gonfalons, 'twixt van and rear,
Stream in the air.

(Gon`fa*lon*ier") n. [F. gonfalonier: cf. It. gonfaloniere.] He who bears the gonfalon; a standard bearer; as: (a) An officer at Rome who bears the standard of the Church. (b) The chief magistrate of any one of several republics in mediæveal Italy. (c) A Turkish general, and standard keeper.

(Gong) n. [AS. gong, gang, a going, passage, drain. See Gang.] A privy or jakes. [Obs.] Chaucer.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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