to hit something in a way that makes a loud noise:
[verb + noun phrase] The baby was banging the table with his spoon.
[verb used alone] She banged on the door angrily.
SYNONYMS hit knock • bang • strike • bump • bash
All these words mean to come against something with a lot of force.
hit to come against something with force, especially causing damage or injury: The boy was hit by a speeding car. knock to hit something so that it moves or breaks; to put somebody/something into a particular state or position by hitting them/it: Someone had knocked a hole in the wall. bang to hit something in a way that makes a loud noise: The baby was banging the table with his spoon. strike (formal) to hit somebody/something hard: The ship struck a rock. bump to hit somebody/something accidentally: In the darkness I bumped into a chair. bash (informal) to hit against something very hard: I braked too late, bashing into the car in front.
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS • to hit/knock/bang/bump/bash against somebody/something • to knock/bang/bump/bash into somebody/something • to be hit/struck by a car/truck/bus • to hit/strike the ground/floor/wall