clinking


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clink 1

 (klĭngk)
intr. & tr.v. clinked, clink·ing, clinks
To make or cause to make a light, sharp ringing sound: clinked their wineglasses together in a toast.
n.
A light, sharp ringing sound, as of glass or metal.

[Middle English clinken, probably from Middle Dutch klinken, of imitative origin.]

clink 2

 (klĭngk)
n. Slang
A prison or a prison cell; a jail: spent the night in the clink.

[After Clink, a district of London famous for its prison.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.clinking - like the light sharp ringing sound of glasses being tapped
reverberant - having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected; "a reverberant room"; "the reverberant booms of cannon"
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As I looked, the handling-machine, with a faint and musical clinking, extended, telescopic fashion, a tentacle that had been a moment before a mere blunt projection, until its end was hidden behind the mound of clay.
Except for the pale glow from the handling-machine and the bars and patches of white moonlight the pit was in dark- ness, and, except for the clinking of the handling-machine, quite still.
He looked with an air of kindness at this worthy companion of former adventures and misadventures, and, clinking glass against glass, "Come, Planchet," said he, "let us see what it is that gives you so much trouble to bring forth.
There was a low rumble of conversation and a subdued clinking of glasses.
He had affected a military appearance and habits of late; and he walked with his two friends, who were of that profession, clinking his boot-spurs, swaggering prodigiously, and shooting death-glances at all the servant girls who were worthy to be slain.
But there was a discussion the other day among the Choir, whether Stony stood for Tony;' clinking one key against another.
Mutely marching over the scornful clinking of pebbles, trampling the stone that let it slip: thus did my foot force its way upwards.
which was at every replenishment), Mr Flintwinch stolidly did his part of the clinking, and would have stolidly done his companion's part of the wine as well as his own: being, except in the article of palate, a mere cask.
Jacob paused from his clinking, and looked into the hole, while David began to scratch away the earth, as if in doubtful expectation.