ring1(ring),USA pronunciationn., v.,ringed, ring•ing. n.
Jewelrya typically circular band of metal or other durable material, esp. one of gold or other precious metal, often set with gems, for wearing on the finger as an ornament, a token of betrothal or marriage, etc.
anything having the form of such a band:a napkin ring; a smoke ring.
a circular or surrounding line or mark:dark rings around the eyes.
a circular course:to dance in a ring.
a number of persons or things situated in a circle or in an approximately circular arrangement:a ring of stones; a ring of hills.
the outside edge of a circular body, as a wheel; rim.
an enclosed area, often circular, as for a sports contest or exhibition:a circus ring.
an enclosure in which boxing and wrestling matches take place, usually consisting of a square, canvas-covered platform with surrounding ropes that are supported at each corner by posts.
the sport of boxing; prizefighting:the heyday of the ring.
(formerly in the U.S., now only in Brit.) an area in a racetrack where bookmakers take bets.
a group of persons cooperating for unethical, illicit, or illegal purposes, as to control stock-market prices, manipulate politicians, or elude the law:a ring of dope smugglers.
a single turn in a spiral or helix or in a spiral course.
Mathematics[Geom.]the area or space between two concentric circles.
BotanySee annual ring.
Botanya circle of bark cut from around a tree.
Chemistrya number of atoms so united that they may be graphically represented in cyclic form. Cf. chain (def. 7).
Architecturerowlock (def. 1).
Nautical, Naval Termsa bowlike or circular piece at the top of an anchor, to which the chain or cable is secured. See diag. under anchor.
TextilesAlso called spinning ring. (in the ring-spinning frame) a circular track of highly polished steel on which the traveler moves and which imparts twists to the yarn by variations in its vertical movement.
a unit of measurement of the diameter of cigars, equal to 1/64 of an inch.Also called ring gauge.
AutomotiveSee piston ring.
Mathematicsa set that is closed under the operations of addition and multiplication and that is an Abelian group with respect to addition and an associative semigroup with respect to multiplication and in which the distributive laws relating the two operations hold.
run rings around, to be obviously superior to; surpass; outdo:As an artist, she can run rings around her brother.
throw or toss one's hat in or into the ring. See hat (def. 7).
to surround with a ring; encircle.
to form into a ring.
Animal Husbandryto insert a ring through the nose of (an animal).
Animal Husbandryto hem in (animals) by riding or circling about them.
Botanyto girdle (def. 11).
(in horseshoes, ringtoss, etc.) to encircle (a stake or peg) with a ring, horseshoe, etc.
to form a ring or rings.
to move in a ring or a constantly curving course:The road rings around the mountain.
bef. 900; Middle English; Old English hring; cognate with Dutch, German ring, Old Norse hringr; akin to rank1
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged circle, circlet, hoop; annulus.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged arena, rink, circle.
12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bloc, coterie, confederacy, league; gang, mob, syndicate. Ring,clique are terms applied with disapproving connotations to groups of persons. Ring suggests a small and intimately related group, combined for selfish and often dishonest purposes:a gambling ring.A clique is a small group that prides itself on its congeniality and exclusiveness:cliques in a school.
a circular band usually of a precious metal, esp gold, often set with gems and worn upon the finger as an adornment or as a token of engagement or marriage
any object or mark that is circular in shape
a circular path or course: to run around in a ring
a group of people or things standing or arranged so as to form a circle: a ring of spectators
an enclosed space, usually circular in shape, where circus acts are performed
a square apron or raised platform, marked off by ropes, in which contestants box or wrestle
the ring ⇒ the sport of boxing
throw one's hat in the ring ⇒ to announce one's intention to be a candidate or contestant
a group of people usually operating illegally and covertly: a drug ring, a paedophile ring
(esp at country fairs) an enclosure, often circular, where horses, cattle, and other livestock are paraded and auctioned
an area reserved for betting at a racecourse
a circular strip of bark cut from a tree or branch, esp in order to kill it
a single turn in a spiral
the area of space lying between two concentric circles
a set that is subject to two binary operations, addition and multiplication, such that the set is an Abelian group under addition and is closed under multiplication, this latter operation being associative
Also called:closed chaina closed loop of atoms in a molecule
any of the thin circular bands of small bodies orbiting a giant planet, esp Saturn
run rings around ⇒ informalto be greatly superior to; outclass completely
vb (rings, ringing, ringed)(transitive)
to surround with or as if with or form a ring; encircle
to mark (a bird) with a ring or clip for subsequent identification
to fit a ring in the nose of (a bull, pig, etc) so that it can be led easily
Also:ringbarkto cut away a circular strip of bark from (a tree or branch) in order to kill it
Etymology: Old English hring; related to Old Norse hringr
ring/rɪŋ/vb (rings, ringing, rang, rung)
to emit or cause to emit a sonorous or resonant sound, characteristic of certain metals when struck
to cause (a bell) to emit a ringing sound by striking it once or repeatedly or (of a bell) to emit such a sound
(transitive) to cause (a large bell, esp a church bell) to emit a ringing sound by pulling on a rope that is attached to a wheel on which the bell swings back and forth, being sounded by a clapper inside it Comparechime1
(intransitive) (of a bell) to sound by being swung in this way
(intransitive) (of a building, place, etc) to be filled with sound; echo: the church rang with singing
(intransitive) followed byfor: to call by means of a bell, buzzer, etc: to ring for the butler
Also:ring upchieflyBritto call (a person) by telephone
(transitive) to strike or tap (a coin) in order to assess its genuineness by the sound produced
(intransitive) (of the ears) to have or give the sensation of humming or ringing
slangto change the identity of (a stolen vehicle) by using the licence plate, serial number, etc, of another, usually disused, vehicle
ring down the curtain ⇒ to lower the curtain at the end of a theatrical performance
(followed by on) to put an end (to)
ring false ⇒ to give the impression of being false
ring true ⇒ to give the impression of being true
the act of or a sound made by ringing
a sound produced by or suggestive of a bell
any resonant or metallic sound, esp one sustained or re-echoed: the ring of trumpets
informalchieflyBrita telephone call
the complete set of bells in a tower or belfry: a ring of eight bells
an inherent quality or characteristic: his explanation has the ring of sincerity
See alsoring in, ring offEtymology: Old English hringan; related to Old High German hringen Old Norse hringja USAGE Rang and sang are the correct forms of the past tenses of ring and sing, although rung and sung are still heard informally and dialectally: he rung (rang) the bell