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Tong \Tong\, n. [Chinese t'ang, lit., hall.] In China, an association, secret society, or organization of any kind; in the United States, usually, a secret association of Chinese such as that of the highbinders; in the U. S. the tongs have been frequently associated with criminal activity and gang warfare.


Tong \Tong\, Tonge \Tonge\, n. Tongue. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"Chinese secret society," 1883, from Cantonese t'ong "assembly hall."


Etymology 1 n. An instrument or tool used for manipulating things in a fire without touching them with the hands. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To use tongs. 2 (context transitive English) To grab, manipulate or transport something using tongs. Etymology 2

n. A Chinese secret society or gang.

Tong (ward)

Tong (population 17,069 - 2001 UK census) is a Ward in the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, named after Tong village which is its oldest settlement. The population at the 2011 Census was 20,608.

The Tong political ward includes the urban areas of Dudley Hill, and the council estates of Bierley, West Yorkshire, Holme Wood, Tyersal, and stretches across the length and breadth of the main thoroughfare, Tong Street. Tong Village (off Tong Lane), in contrast, is a small, rural village surrounded by farmers' fields, and home to a historic local cricket club, Tong CC.

The ward is in the extreme southeast of Bradford District in a green wedge of land between the urban areas of Bradford and Leeds, the centre of the former being to the northwest and the centre of the latter being about to the northeast. Although surrounded by Green Belt, most of the settlements nearest to Tong are urban in character, Tong Street being to the west of the village, Drighlington to the south, Gildersome, to the southeast and New Farnley to the east. The rural village of Bankhouse and the Moravian settlement of Fulneck are about to the north of Tong with Cockersdale to the southeast.

Tong (organization)

In Chinese culture, the word tong means "hall" or "gathering place". In North America, a tong is a type of organization found among Chinese living in the United States and Canada. These organizations are described as secret societies or sworn brotherhoods and are often tied to criminal activity. Today in most American Chinatowns, if one can read Chinese, one can find clearly marked tong halls, many of which have had affiliations with Chinese crime gangs, especially in the 1990s.

Today tongs are, for the most part, members of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Associations, which are pro- Kuomintang traditional groups. Today these associations provide essential services for Chinatown communities such as immigrant counseling, Chinese schools, and English classes for adults, among countless others. Tongs follow the pattern of secret societies common to southern China and many are connected to a secret society called the Tiandihui, which follows this pattern. Other groups worldwide that follow this pattern and are connected with the Tiandihui are known as hui, hongmen, and triads.


Tong or Tonge may refer to:

Tong (surname)

Tong is a Chinese surname. Tong as transcribed in English however represents of a number of different Chinese surnames.

There were 8,589 Tongs in the United States during the year 2000 census, making it the 3,075th surname overall and the 121st surname among Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Tong was also listed among the 200-most-common Chinese surnames in a 2010 survey of the Registered Persons Database of Canadian health card recipients in the province of Ontario. Tong may be the romanisation of the very common surname Zhang , as well as others such as Deng , Zhuang , Teng , and a number of Tongs (童, 同 and 佟).

Usage examples of "tong".

Talbot handed him the sword and took a set of tongs the armorer held out.

Daniel took most of these in good humor, but Isaac, who suspected that Jack was baiting him, fumed quietly, like a beaker just tonged from a furnace.

Anyway, Moore has discovered that the Tong is playing along because the Prussian cartel is providing them with a controlling interest in a bordello being operated here in San Francisco for very rich and powerful white clients.

I boarded the plane carrying several frying thermometers, which set off the metal detector, a few extra pairs of tongs, and a bag of chapati flour for making puffy pooris.

Eline richtte zich dadelijk op uit hare kwijnende houding en zij glimlachte en smakte met de tong bij de gedachte aan de frissche koude van het ijs, dat zij zou krijgen.

Your picks and hatchets and really big tongs, red knuckles and rimed windows and thin bitter freezer-smell with runny-nosed Poles in plaid coats and kalpacs, your older ones with a chronic cant to one side from all the time lugging ice.

Next Lache hastened in from the bar room, grabbed a pair of tongs from the wall and used them to snare the haunch of venison from the hook at the rear of the fireplace and dump it on a plank at the nearest table.

Ned and Saxby stood with Lobb watching men with tongs heating up a mast band in a rudimentary furnace before slipping it into place over the completed new mast, and while carpenters nearby shaped up the new yard, an excited seaman ran up from the jetty.

Nicolai jumped up and went to stand facing one of the muralled walls, as if compelled by the heroic figure of a muscular redheaded man holding up an ingot in a pair of tongs, staring at it with such unalloyed devotion, it might have been the sacred light of Mother Russia soon to become an axle joint.

I wot nat if he happened to fortune upon suche an other: for whan it was commaunded that the grammar maisters shulde teche the youth of Englande ioyntly latin with frenche, there were diuerse suche bokes diuysed: wherupon, as I suppose, began one great occasyon why we of England sounde the latyn tong so corruptly, whiche haue as good a tonge to sounde all maner speches parfitely as any other nacyon in Europa.

Hij hield nu reeds zijn mond goed open en zijn tong tegen zijn ondertanden aan, maar heusch, hij moest les nemen, bij Roberts.

Some of the hammers, like the straight and cross peen ones, I have already made for myself, and I have three sets of tongs.

There is a rapid thudding as sleepers are dropped and then a sound like something being sliced as girders unroll from a flatcar, crews Remade and whole picking them up with tongs, a baffling dainty motion, letting them down as sledge-wielding brawnies step in and timed as perfectly as an orchestra hammer the ties and rails.

Knots of black warriors and robed Hamoi tong thrashed and strained and wrestled to tear down beleaguered defenders.

Sooey Wan, young, bold, aggressive, had been marked for slaughter in a tong feud, and the high-binder whose duty it had 268 NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET been, for a consideration, to waft him into the spirit world, had dropped Sooey Wan with his first shot.