Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make an abrupt, sharp sound, as in the collision of two hard surfaces.
  • intransitive v. To chatter thoughtlessly or at length.
  • intransitive v. To cackle or cluck, as a hen.
  • transitive v. To cause to make an abrupt, sharp sound.
  • n. A clacking sound: the clack of an old-fashioned typewriter.
  • n. Something that makes a clacking sound.
  • n. Thoughtless, prolonged talk; chatter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an abrupt, sharp sound, especially one made by two hard objects colliding repetitively; a clatter; in sound, midway between a click and a clunk
  • n. Anything that causes a clacking noise, such as the clapper of a mill, or a clack valve.
  • n. chatter; prattle
  • v. to make such a sound
  • v. to chatter or babble

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make a sudden, sharp noise, or a succesion of such noises, as by striking an object, or by collision of parts; to rattle; to click.
  • intransitive v. To utter words rapidly and continually, or with abruptness; to let the tongue run.
  • transitive v. To cause to make a sudden, sharp noise, or succession of noises; to click.
  • transitive v. To utter rapidly and inconsiderately.
  • n. A sharp, abrupt noise, or succession of noises, made by striking an object.
  • n. Anything that causes a clacking noise, as the clapper of a mill, or a clack valve.
  • n. Continual or importunate talk; prattle; prating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a quick sharp noise, or a succession of sharp sounds, as by striking or cracking; crack; rattle; snap.
  • To utter sounds or words rapidly and continually, or with sharpness and abruptness; let the tongue run or rattle.
  • To cause to make a sharp, short, snapping sound; rattle; clap: as, to clack two pieces of wood together.
  • To speak without thought; rattle out.
  • n. A sharp, repeated, rattling sound; clatter: as, the clack of a mill.
  • n. In a grist-mill: That part of the mill that strikes the hopper, to move or shake it, for discharging its contents.
  • n. A bell that rings when more corn is required to be put in the hopper.
  • n. A valve of a pump.
  • n. A ball-valve connected with the boiler of a locomotive. See ball-ralve and clack-box, 2.
  • n. A kind of small windmill with a clapper, set on the top of a pole to frighten away birds. Also called clack-mill, and formerly clacket.
  • n. Continual talk; prattle; gossip; tattle.
  • To cluck or cackle, as a hen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  • n. a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated
  • n. a simple valve with a hinge on one side; allows fluid to flow in only one direction
  • v. make a rattling sound
  • v. make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens

Etymologies

Middle English clakken, from Old Norse klaka, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare French claqueĀ ("a slap or smack"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _Leechie_ did not say a word, but only went _clack, clack, clack_, and chuckled with pleasure.

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  • The third one turned the mechanism with a sharp "clack".

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  • This "clack" seems to be quite random and much louder.

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  • At one point I had to turn down the volume, afraid that I would get the dreaded "clack" from my subwoofer bottoming out.

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  • The "clack" of the Nikon has created so many uncomfortable moments distracting the talent and most recently Kid Rock asked me to use a different camera.

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  • The Nikon D60's pop-up flash is fairly quiet too, releasing with a single "clack;" more tame than the Canon Rebel XTi's far louder "zing / clunk."

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  • There was that forthright "clack" the metal letters made as they struck the paper.

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  • Individual key action is smooth with a quiet "clack" emitted when fully pressed.

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  • The original Rock Band kit was tremendously noisy, and it was noise of the "clack" variety.

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  • Even if I don't smoke but I've always been in love with Zippo lighters: they're solid, their design is always contemporary, not too loud (well, at least the classic model) nor too dull, and when you have one in your hands you can't help but play with it, in your own personal way: whether to try and light it in one clean swoop, or just spin it through the fingertips, or compulsively open and shut it to hear that distinctive, reassuring "clack" sound.

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  • Citation on termagant.

    September 18, 2008

  • New desolate sounds of [...] cables slapped clacking against tin masts of yachts in deserted lidos.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    August 2, 2008

  • To 'clack' wool, to cut off the sheep's mark.
    John Kersey, New English Dictionary, 1772

    May 20, 2008

  • I get you c_b.

    April 3, 2008

  • I just checked applicator. It's hopeless. ;-)

    April 3, 2008

  • You could always ask WeirdNet what an applicator is. Though after seeing scarf, I'm not sure that's the best option...

    April 3, 2008

  • You heard it here first, on clack. :-D

    April 3, 2008

  • Hehe, great story. And there you have it, the birth of the automotive tampon industry documented on Wordie.
    P.S. I'll go ask someone else what an applicator is.

    April 3, 2008

  • Well, the people who call in do get made fun of, but they also get useful car advice. And it isn't always of a mechanical nature. :)

    Years ago I had a car with a cracked headlight casing, and it would fill up with water--condensation, rain, whatever. I still think this was partly a design issue and not just a crack, because I'd see, in parking lots, cars of the same make and model with the same problem.

    Well, I couldn't afford to replace the housing, but of course when the water got high enough it would short out the bulb. And after the third or fourth new bulb, this was getting expensive. All I needed was a way to get the water out, but the only way in was the hole where the bulb would be installed. Finally my sister, who was visiting, hit upon a solution to get the water out. We used tampons, removed from their applicators, to absorb the water, and then pulled them out. Worked like a charm.

    When I explained this to my dad, he said "What's an applicator?" and I laughed myself silly.

    Then I told my brother the whole story: "... and then Dad said, 'What's an applicator?' Isn't that hilarious?!" My brother said... "What's an applicator?"

    The point of this comment--and I do have one--is that I tried to call Car Talk (this is the radio show of the aforementioned car mechanics, bilby) and tell them about this, thinking it would help out the other owners with the same make and model and the same water-in-the-headlight problem. But I was never able to get through on the phone.

    Now nobody drives that kind of car anymore, so it's kind of moot, but hey! I got to tell this long stupid car story on Wordie instead! Yay!

    April 3, 2008

  • Oooh, now I get it! Thanks jenn! If I may return the compliment, Zig and Zag were a famous Australian clown duo. And Australia is not the kind of place that produces many famous clowns :-(

    April 3, 2008

  • Sorry bilby, that was an American reference. Click and Clack are two car mechanics who have a humorous radio show where people call in with car problems and end up getting made fun of. I know that I've seen a few Car Talk lists on this site....

    April 3, 2008

  • Wait. I thought frick and frack were the brothers?

    April 2, 2008

  • Next you'll be telling me that zig and zag are different coloured stripes on the same zebra ;-)

    April 2, 2008

  • Click has always been the more personable of the two. (Incidentally, they're actually brothers.)

    April 2, 2008

  • Ooh. I got all dizzy reading that.

    April 1, 2008

  • It's a bit lop-sided that click has been listed 25 times yet poor cousin clack only 5.
    Whatever happened to that old song that went
    with a clack-click paddywick
    give a dog a stick

    ?

    April 1, 2008