Definition of Clink

1. Noun. A short light metallic sound.

Exact synonyms: Chink, Click
Generic synonyms: Sound
Derivative terms: Chink, Click, Click

2. Verb. Make a high sound typical of glass. "Champagne glasses clinked to make a toast"
Generic synonyms: Sound
Causes: Chink, Tink, Tinkle

3. Noun. A correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence).
Exact synonyms: Gaol, Jail, Jailhouse, Pokey, Poky, Slammer
Specialized synonyms: Bastille, Holding Cell, Hoosegow, Hoosgow, House Of Correction, Lockup, Workhouse
Generic synonyms: Correctional Institution
Derivative terms: Gaol, Jail

4. Verb. Make or emit a high sound. "Tinkling bells"
Exact synonyms: Chink, Tink, Tinkle
Generic synonyms: Go, Sound
Derivative terms: Chink, Tinkle

Definition of Clink

1. v. t. To cause to give out a slight, sharp, tinkling, sound, as by striking metallic or other sonorous bodies together.

2. v. i. To give out a slight, sharp, tinkling sound.

3. n. A slight, sharp, tinkling sound, made by the collision of sonorous bodies.

4. n. A prison cell; a lockup; -- probably orig. the name of the noted prison in Southwark, England.

Definition of Clink

1. Noun. (onomatopoeia) The sound of metal on metal, or glass on glass. ¹

2. Noun. (slang) Jail or prison, after ''the Clink'' prison in Southwark, London. Used in the phrase (term in the clink). ¹

3. Noun. Stress cracks produced in metal ingots as they cool after being cast. ¹

4. Verb. To make a clinking sound; to make a sound of metal on metal or glass on glass; to strike materials such as metal or glass against one another. ¹

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Definition of Clink

1. to make a soft, sharp, ringing sound [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clink

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Literary usage of Clink

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1. The Nursery by Fanny P Seaverns, John L. Shorey (Firm (1873)
"That is the tune at morning's blink ; And we hammer away till the busy day, Weary like us, to rest doth sink. clink, clink ..."

2. London Society English literature (1879)
"clink, clink, clink, clink. The swords ring one against the other. ... clink, clink, clink, clink. The blades are disengaged while each man pauses for an ..."

3. Illustrative Cases on Equity Jurisprudence by Harry Burns Hutchins, Robert Emmet Bunker (1903)
"Suit to foreclose a mortgage by Louisa Renard against Alice A. clink, ... SH clink, for appellees. MONTGOMERY, J. The bill In this cause was filed to ..."

4. Old and New London: A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places by Walter Thornbury (1893)
"The Liberty of the clink, as we learn from the " Penny Cyclopaedia " (1842), belongs to the Bishop of Winchester, whose palace, of which we shall presently ..."

5. The Magazine of Poetry by Charles Wells Moulton (1891)
"clink goes the trowel. clink! clink! clink! clink! clink! clink! Under the bright room where they lay, The room that looks on the sunny bay, I have built a ..."

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