gang

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
gang1 /gæŋ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a group or band:a gang of sightseers.
  2. a group of youngsters who associate closely with each other, esp. such a group engaging in antisocial behavior:street gangs.
  3. a group of persons associated for some criminal purpose:terrorist gangs.
  4. a group of people with similar tastes or interests:throwing a party for the gang I bowl with.
  5. a group of persons working together:a gang of laborers.

v. 
  1. gang up: 
    • [+ on/against + object] to combine against:Her three brothers were always ganging up on her.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
gang1  (gang),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a group or band:A gang of boys gathered around the winning pitcher.
  2. a group of youngsters or adolescents who associate closely, often exclusively, for social reasons, esp. such a group engaging in delinquent behavior.
  3. a group of people with compatible tastes or mutual interests who gather together for social reasons:I'm throwing a party for the gang I bowl with.
  4. a group of persons working together;
    squad;
    shift:a gang of laborers.
  5. a group of persons associated for some criminal or other antisocial purpose:a gang of thieves.
  6. a set of tools, electronic components or circuits, oars, etc., arranged to work together or simultaneously.
  7. a group of identical or related items.

v.t. 
  1. to arrange in groups or sets;
    form into a gang:to gang illustrations for more economical printing on one sheet.
  2. to attack in a gang.

v.i. 
  1. to form or act as a gang:Cutthroats who gang together hang together.
  2. gang up on, [Informal.](of a number of persons) to unite in opposition to (a person);
    combine against:The bigger boys ganged up on the smaller ones in the schoolyard.
  • 1300–50; Middle English; Old English gang, gong manner of going, way, passage; cognate with Old High German gang, Old Norse gangr, Gothic gagg; compare gang2
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged company, crowd, crew;
      party, set, clique, coterie.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged team.

gang2  (gang),USA pronunciation v.i. [Chiefly Scot. and North Eng.]
  1. Scottish Termsto walk or go.
  • bef. 900; Middle English gangen, Old English gangan, gongan; cognate with Old High German gangan, Old Norse ganga, Gothic gaggan; compare gang1, noun, nominal derivative from same base

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
gang /ɡæŋ/ n
  1. a group of people who associate together or act as an organized body, esp for criminal or illegal purposes
  2. an organized group of workmen
  3. a herd of buffaloes or elks or a pack of wild dogs
  4. NZ a group of shearers who travel to different shearing sheds, shearing, classing, and baling wool
  5. a series of similar tools arranged to work simultaneously in parallel
  6. (as modifier): a gang saw
vb
  1. to form into, become part of, or act as a gang
  2. (transitive) to mount (two or more components, such as variable capacitors) on the same shaft, permitting adjustment by a single control

See also gang upEtymology: Old English gang journey; related to Old Norse gangr, Old High German gang, Sanskrit jangha foot

ganged adj
gang /ɡæŋ/ vb
  1. Scot to go
Etymology: Old English gangan to go1
gang /ɡæŋ/ n
  1. a variant spelling of gangue
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
gangue  (gang),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Miningrock or mineral matter of no value occurring with the metallic ore in a vein or deposit.
  • German Gang; see gang1
  • French
  • 1800–10

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
gangue, gang /ɡæŋ/ n
  1. valueless and undesirable material, such as quartz in small quantities, in an ore
Etymology: 19th Century: from French gangue, from German Gang vein of metal, course; see gang1
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