twang-v; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: cause taut strings to make a twanging sound and motion

Commentary: Includes TWANG_OUT, TWANG_OFF, and TWANG_AWAY Syntax includes: NP1[agent[animate]] TWANG NP2[theme] (PP[instrument]) NP1[agent[animate]] TWANG PP[theme] (PP[instrument]) NP1[theme] TWANG NP1[agent[animate]] TWANG (AWAY) PP[theme] NP1[agent[animate]] TWANG (OUT) PP[theme|topic] NP1[agent[animate]] TWANG (OFF) PP[theme|topic]

He twanged the guitar string.
He twanged his bow.
Hooker's first instrument was an old inner tube hooked over a door frame, which he twanged on.
Johnson's playing sounded as if he was twanging barbed wire with a six-inch nail.
The bowstring was twanging.
The Turanian bow twanged.
He twanged away on his vast assortment of Gretsch guitars.
He twanged off a lay.
He twanged out the number's sturdy riff.

VerbNet: sound_emission-43.2
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: twang.01,twang.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4

Sense Number 2: produce a twanging sound (something other than a taut string)

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[agent[animate]] TWANG NP2[theme] (PP[location]) NP1[theme] TWANG (PP[location])

Sir Humphrey's younger brother twanged an arrow through the window.
A bullet twanged through the air just inches from his head.
Bard's black arrow twanged through the air.
Suddenly a bee twanged through the air to a snowdrop on the south side of the Red Brick House.
The steel blade, glowing a faint blue, twanged through the air as Lyon brought it upwards.
Sweet docile music in Hindi tinkled and twanged through the air above us.

VerbNet: sound_emission-43.2
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: twang.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: twitch or throb with pain

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[experiencer] TWANG NP2[patient[body_part|reflexive]] NP2[patient[body_part]] TWANG (PP[cause]) NP1[cause] TWANG NP2[patient[body_part]]

He twanged his calf a couple games ago.
My own calf muscle twanged a few weeks ago.
Every muscle twanged brutally as she shifted.
She had twanged a muscle turning over in bed.
Suddenly, misgivings twanged her stomach.
My stomach twanged with the unfamiliar weight of the chicken dinner.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: twang.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: pronounce with a nasal twang

Commentary: Includes TWANG_OUT Syntax includes: NP1[agent[animate]] TWANG NP1[agent[animate]] TWANG NP2[topic] (PP[recipient]) NP1[agent[animate]] TWANG NP2[theme]

Bush twangs while New Orleans sinks.
In his best western accent he twanged the words to the song.
He twanged out some trivial expressions.
He twanged out thoughts and music in a singing-song East Texas accent.
She was twanging a Swedish patois.

VerbNet: manner_speaking-37.3
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: twang.04
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5