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Webster 1913 Edition


Gang

Gang

(găng)
,
Verb.
I.
[AS.
gangan
, akin to OS. & OHG.
gangan
, Icel.
ganga
, Goth.
gaggan
; cf. Lith.
żengti
to walk, Skr.
jaṅgha
leg. √48. Cf.
Go
.]
To go; to walk.
☞ Obsolete in English literature, but still used in the North of England, and also in Scotland.

Gang

,
Noun.
[Icel.
gangr
a going, gang, akin to AS., D., G., & Dan.
gang
a going, Goth.
gaggs
street, way. See
Gang
,
Verb.
I.
]
1.
A going; a course.
[Obs.]
2.
A number going in company; hence, a company, or a number of persons associated for a particular purpose; a group of laborers under one foreman; a squad;
as, a
gang
of sailors; a chain
gang
; a
gang
of thieves.
3.
A combination of similar implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set;
as, a
gang
of saws, or of plows
.
4.
(Naut.)
A set; all required for an outfit;
as, a new
gang
of stays
.
5.
[Cf.
Gangue
.]
(Mining)
The mineral substance which incloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue.
Gang board
, or
Gang plank
.
(Naut.)
(a)
A board or plank, with cleats for steps, forming a bridge by which to enter or leave a vessel.
(b)
A plank within or without the bulwarks of a vessel’s waist, for the sentinel to walk on.
Gang cask
,
a small cask in which to bring water aboard ships or in which it is kept on deck.
Gang cultivator
,
Gang plow
,
a cultivator or plow in which several shares are attached to one frame, so as to make two or more furrows at the same time.
Gang days
,
Rogation days; the time of perambulating parishes. See
Gang week
(below).
Gang drill
,
a drilling machine having a number of drills driven from a common shaft.
Gang master
,
a master or employer of a gang of workmen.
Gang plank
.
See
Gang board
(above).
Gang plow
.
See
Gang cultivator
(above).
Gang press
,
a press for operating upon a pile or row of objects separated by intervening plates.
Gang saw
,
a saw fitted to be one of a combination or gang of saws hung together in a frame or sash, and set at fixed distances apart.
Gang tide
.
See
Gang week
(below).
Gang tooth
,
a projecting tooth.
[Obs.]
Halliwell.
Gang week
,
Rogation week, when formerly processions were made to survey the bounds of parishes.
Halliwell.
Live gang
, or
Round gang
,
the Western and the Eastern names, respectively, for a gang of saws for cutting the round log into boards at one operation.
Knight.
Slabbing gang
,
an arrangement of saws which cuts slabs from two sides of a log, leaving the middle part as a thick beam.

Webster 1828 Edition


Gang

GANG

,
Verb.
I.
To go; to walk. [Local, or used only in ludicrous language.]

GANG

,
Noun.
[G., a metallic vein, a streak in a mine.]
1.
Properly, a going; hence, a number of going in company; hence, a company, or a number of persons associated for a particular purpose; as a gang of thieves.
2.
In seamen's language, a select number of a ship's crew appointed on a particular service, under a suitable officer.
3.
In mining, literally a course or vein, but appropriately the earthy, stony, saline or combustible substance which contains the ore of metals, or is only mingled with it, without being chemically combined. This is called the gang or matrix of the ore. It differs from a mineralizer, in not being combined with the metal.
[ This word, in the latter sense, is most unwarrantably and erroneously written gangue.]

Definition 2022


Gang

Gang

See also: gang, gàng, gāng, Gāng, găng, gång, and gǎng

German

Noun

Gang m (genitive Gangs or Ganges, plural Gänge)

  1. walking
  2. motion, movement
  3. gear
  4. hallway
  5. (of a meal) course

Declension

Derived terms

See also


Luxembourgish

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old High German gang, from Proto-Germanic *gangaz. Cognate with German Gang, Dutch gang, English gang, Icelandic gangur.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡɑŋ/

Noun

Gang m (plural Gäng)

  1. walk, gait
  2. gear
  3. course (of a meal)
  4. hallway

Derived terms


Serbo-Croatian

Proper noun

Gang m (Cyrillic spelling Ганг)

  1. Ganges (river)

gang

gang

See also: Gang, gàng, gāng, Gāng, găng, gäng, gång, and gǎng

English

Verb

gang (third-person singular simple present gangs, present participle ganging, simple past and past participle ganged)

  1. (intransitive, chiefly Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To go; walk; proceed.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English gang, from Old English gang (a journey; way; passage), from Proto-Germanic *gangaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰengʰ- (to step; stride). Cognate with Dutch gang, German Gang, Icelandic gangur, Norwegian gang ("hallway"), Old Norse gangr (passage, hallway), Swedish gång.

Noun

gang (plural gangs)

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) A going, journey; a course, path, track.
    • 1840, Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Woodnotes I.3":
      In unploughed Maine he sought the lumberers’ gang / Where from a hundred lakes young rivers sprang
    • 1869, Papa André, Once a Week, page 418/1:
      That week was also called the Gang Week, from the Saxon ganger, to go; and the Rogation days were termed the Gang Days.
    • 1895, Frederick Tupper Jr., Anglo-Saxon Dæg-Mæl, Modern Language Association of America, page 229:
      Neither Marshall nor Bouterwek makes clear the connection existing between the Gang-days and the Major and Minor Litanies.
  2. (obsolete) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.
    • c. 1000, Aelfric, Homilies, Vol. I, page 290:
      Þaða he to gange com.
  3. A number going in company; a number of friends or persons associated for a particular purpose.
    the Gashouse Gang
    The gang from our office is going out for drinks Friday night.
  4. A group of laborers under one foreman; a squad.
    a gang of sailors; a railroad gang.
  5. (US) A criminal group with a common cultural background and identifying features, often associated with a particular section of a city.
    a youth gang; a neighborhood gang; motorcycle gang.
  6. A group of criminals or alleged criminals who band together for mutual protection and profit, or a group of politicians united in furtherance of a political goal.
    the Winter Hill gang; the Gang of Four.
    Not all members of the Gang of Six are consistent in their opposition to filibuster.
  7. (US) A chain gang.
  8. A combination of similar tools or implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set.
    a gang of saws; a gang of plows.
  9. A set; all required for an outfit.
    a new gang of stays.
  10. (electrics) A number of switches or other electrical devices wired into one unit and covered by one faceplate.
    an outlet gang box; a double gang switch.
  11. (electrics) A group of wires attached as a bundle.
    a gang of wires
    Do a drop for the telephone gang, then another drop for the internet gang, both through the ceiling of the wiring closet.
  12. (mining) The mineral substance which encloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue.
Synonyms
  • (outhouse): See Wikisaurus:bathroom
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

gang (third-person singular simple present gangs, present participle ganging, simple past and past participle ganged)

  1. (intransitive) To band together as a group or gang.
    "Let's gang up on them."
  2. (transitive) to attach similar items together to form a larger unit.
    • 1999 May, Rosario Capotosto, “Building a Bookcase”, in Popular Mechanics:
      When cutting the back cleats with the T-guide, first gang them together so all the marks on one side align.
    • 2011, Corky Binggeli, Interior Graphic Standards: Student Edition, ISBN 1118099354, page 317:
      The chairs are usually ganged together using a variety of ganging or locking mechanisms to create rows and prevent the chairs from moving out of position.

See also

  • Appendix:English collective nouns

Etymology 3

See gan.

Verb

gang (second-person singular simple present gangst)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of gan.

Etymology 4

Shortening of gangbang

Verb

gang (third-person singular simple present gangs, present participle ganging, simple past and past participle ganged)

  1. Synonym of gangbang: to have sex with a single partner as a gang.
    • Richard Allen, Skinhead, page 80:
    • ...there's a thin line to tread to avoid fights or getting "ganged" when rejecting the sexual overtures of incarcerated women.

References


Afrikaans

Etymology

From Dutch gang.

Noun

gang (plural gange)

  1. a passageway, alley

Balinese

Etymology

From Dutch gang (passageway, alley).

Noun

gang

  1. alleyway, alley, narrow street. A narrow pathway bound by walls on both sides

Danish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /gang/, [gɑŋˀ]

Etymology 1

From Old Danish gang, from Old Norse gangr, from Proto-Germanic *gangaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰengʰ- (stride, step).

Noun

gang c (singular definite gangen, plural indefinite gange)

  1. The act of walking, a walk.
  2. An intended amount of something, especially time.
  3. A way or path to walk on.
  4. A person's business or activity.
  5. One of the few cases where something takes place, a rare event.
  6. A line or closed space that can be bypassed, usually by foot.
  7. A room giving access to another room.
  8. A narrow road built for pedestrians, usually in a public park or facility.
Inflection

Etymology 2

See gange.

Verb

gang

  1. imperative of gange

References


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɑŋ

Etymology

From Middle Dutch ganc, from Old Dutch gank, gang, from Proto-Germanic *gangaz.

Noun

gang m (plural gangen, diminutive gangetje n)

  1. passageway, alley
  2. gait
  3. journey
  4. hallway, corridor
  5. course
  6. walk, way of stepping, running etc.

Derived terms


French

Etymology

Borrowing from English gang.

Pronunciation

Noun

gang m (plural gangs)

  1. gang, group of ill-doers

Indonesian

Etymology

From Dutch gang (passageway, alley).

Noun

gang

  1. alleyway, alley, narrow street. A narrow pathway bound by walls on both sides
    gang buntu dead-end alley
  2. an organized crime group
  3. a group of people with distinct identity, such as high school mates. See also geng

Verb

gang

  1. to form a gang group

Mandarin

Pronunciation

Romanization

gang

  1. Nonstandard spelling of gāng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of gǎng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of gàng.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse gangr, also related to .

Noun

gang m (definite singular gangen, indefinite plural ganger, definite plural gangene)

  1. hall, hallway
    Sett fra deg skoene i gangen.
    Leave your shoes in the hallway.
  2. passage, corridor
    I enden av den lange gangen er klasserommet.
    The classroom is at the end of the long corridor.
  3. aisle
  4. walk, path
  5. walk, walking, going
  6. walk, gait
    Gangen hans er litt merkelig.
    His gait is a bit weird
  7. working, running, action, movement, motion, operation
  8. course; passage
  9. course; march
  10. time
    Vi vant fem ganger på rad!
    We won five times in a row!
  11. plot, action
    Historiens gang var litt komplisert.
    The plot of the story was somewhat complicated.
  12. (mining) dike, lode
  13. vein
  14. (anatomy) duct

Derived terms

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse gangr, also related to .

Noun

gang m (definite singular gangen, indefinite plural gangar, definite plural gangane)

  1. hall, hallway
    Sett frå deg skorne i gangen.
    Leave your shoes in the hallway.
  2. passage, corridor
    I enden av den lange gangen er klasserommet.
    The class room is at the end of the long corridor.
  3. aisle
  4. walk, path
  5. walk, walking, going
  6. walk, gait
    Gangen hans er litt merkeleg.
    His gait is a bit weird
  7. working, running, action, movement, motion, operation
  8. course; passage
  9. course; march
  10. plot, action
    Gangen i soga var litt komplisert.
    The plot of the story was somewhat complicated.
  11. (mining) dike, lode
  12. vein
  13. (anatomy) duct

Derived terms

See also

References


Old English

Etymology

From the verb gangan (to go, walk, turn out), from Proto-Germanic *ganganą (to go, walk), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰengʰ- (to step, walk).

Noun

gang m (nominative plural gangas)

  1. going, journey, progress, track, footprint, flow, stream, way, passage, course, path
    Him tǽcean lífes weg and rihtne gang to heofonum. To teach them life's way and the right path to heaven.
  2. a company of people
    Anastasius wæs geháten se mæssepreóst þe se bisceop tó fundode swá fǽrlíce mid gange . . . Se bisceop gewende mid his gebróðrum hám.
  3. drain, privy
    Ðonne him to gange lyst. When he desires the privy.
  4. platform, stage, steps

Noun

gang n (nominative plural gangas)

  1. occurrence; passage or lapse of time
    Geára gangum. In the course of years.

Derived terms


Portuguese

Noun

gang m (Portugal) or f (Brazil) (plural gangs)

  1. Dated spelling of gangue.

Scots

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old English gangan, Old Norse ganga, with inflected forms from gān (like English go).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡɑŋ/

Verb

gang (third-person singular present gangs, present participle gaun, past gaed, past participle gaen)

  1. To go.
    And I will love thee still, my dear
    Till a’ the seas gang dry.