ring

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 [ˈrɪŋ]


For the verb: "to ring"

Simple Past: rang
Past Participle: rung

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ring1 /rɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  ringed, ring•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. Jewelrya usually thin, circular band of strong material, such as gold, worn on the finger as an ornament, etc.:a diamond ring.
  2. anything having the form of such a band:a smoke ring.
  3. a circular line or mark:dark rings around the eyes.
  4. a circle:to dance in a ring.
  5. a number of persons or things arranged in a circle:a ring of hills.
  6. a closed area for a sports contest or exhibition:a boxing ring; a circus ring.
  7. a group working together for illegal purposes:a ring of dope smugglers.

v. [+ object]
  1. to surround with a ring;
    encircle:The police ringed the theater to prevent riots.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsrun rings around, [+ object] to do better than:His new company ran rings around the competition.


ring2 /rɪŋ/USA pronunciation   v.,  rang/ræŋ/USA pronunciation  rung/rʌŋ/USA pronunciation  ring•ing, n. 
v. 
  1. to give forth a clear, echoing sound:[no object]The phone is ringing.
  2. to cause a bell, telephone, etc., to give off a sound: [no object]Just ring for service.[+ object]Ring room service for dinner.
  3. to have a sound:[no object]The room rang with shouts.
  4. (of the ears) to have the sensation of a ringing sound:[no object]After the blow to his head his ears rang for several minutes.
  5. to make a certain impression on the mind:[+ adjective]a story that rings true.
  6. to telephone: [+ object]Ring us when you get home.[+ object + up]Ring us up when you get home.[+ up + object]Ring up your sister when you get back.[no object]Ring when you get a chance.
  7. to announce by the sound of a bell:[+ object]The bell rang the hour.
  8. ring off, [no object][Chiefly Brit.]to end a telephone conversation:to ring off and get back to work.
  9. ring up: 
    • to register (the amount of a sale) on a cash register: [+ up + object]He rang up the sale.[+ object + up]I just rang it up.

n. [countable]
  1. a ringing sound:the ring of sleigh bells.
  2. a sound like that of a ringing bell:the ring of laughter.
  3. [Informal.]a telephone call:Give me a ring.
  4. a characteristic sound or quality:[usually singular]This story has a ring of truth to it.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsring a bell, [Informal.]to evoke a memory:That name doesn't ring a bell.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ring1  (ring),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  ringed, ring•ing. 
n. 
  1. 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.
  2. anything having the form of such a band:a napkin ring; a smoke ring.
  3. a circular or surrounding line or mark:dark rings around the eyes.
  4. a circular course:to dance in a ring.
  5. a number of persons or things situated in a circle or in an approximately circular arrangement:a ring of stones; a ring of hills.
  6. the outside edge of a circular body, as a wheel;
    rim.
  7. an enclosed area, often circular, as for a sports contest or exhibition:a circus ring.
  8. a bullring.
  9. 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.
  10. the sport of boxing;
    prizefighting:the heyday of the ring.
  11. (formerly in the U.S., now only in Brit.) an area in a racetrack where bookmakers take bets.
  12. 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.
  13. a single turn in a spiral or helix or in a spiral course.
  14. Mathematics[Geom.]the area or space between two concentric circles.
  15. BotanySee  annual ring. 
  16. Botanya circle of bark cut from around a tree.
  17. Chemistrya number of atoms so united that they may be graphically represented in cyclic form. Cf.  chain (def. 7).
  18. Architecturerowlock (def. 1).
  19. 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. 
  20. 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.
  21. a unit of measurement of the diameter of cigars, equal to 1/64 of an inch.Also called  ring gauge. 
  22. AutomotiveSee  piston ring. 
  23. 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.
  24. run rings around, to be obviously superior to;
    surpass;
    outdo:As an artist, she can run rings around her brother.
  25. throw or  toss one's hat in or  into the ring. See  hat (def. 7).

v.t. 
  1. to surround with a ring;
    encircle.
  2. to form into a ring.
  3. Animal Husbandryto insert a ring through the nose of (an animal).
  4. Animal Husbandryto hem in (animals) by riding or circling about them.
  5. Botanyto girdle (def. 11).
  6. (in horseshoes, ringtoss, etc.) to encircle (a stake or peg) with a ring, horseshoe, etc.

v.i. 
  1. to form a ring or rings.
  2. to move in a ring or a constantly curving course:The road rings around the mountain.
ringless, adj. 
ringlike′, adj. 
  • 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.

ring2  (ring),USA pronunciation  v.,  rang, rung, ring•ing, n. 
v.i. 
  1. to give forth a clear resonant sound, as a bell when struck:The doorbell rang twice.
  2. to make a given impression on the mind;
    appear:words that rang false; a story that rings true.
  3. to cause a bell or bells to sound, esp. as a summons:Just ring if you need anything.
  4. to sound loudly;
    be loud or resonant;
    resound (often fol. by out):His brave words rang out.
  5. to be filled with sound;
    reecho with sound, as a place.
  6. (of the ears) to have the sensation of a continued humming sound.
  7. [Chiefly Brit.]to telephone.

v.t. 
  1. to cause (a bell or device with a bell) to ring;
    sound by striking:to ring a bell.
  2. to produce (sound) by or as if by ringing:The bell rang a low tone.
  3. to announce or proclaim, usher in or out, summon, signal, etc., by or as if by the sound of a bell:to ring someone's praises; The bell rang the hour.
  4. to test (a coin or other metal object) by the sound it produces when struck against something.
  5. [Chiefly Brit.]to telephone.
  6. ring a bell. See  bell 1 (def. 10).
  7. ring down the curtain: 
    • to direct that the curtain of a theater be lowered or closed.
    • to lower or close the curtain in front of a stage.
  8. ring down the curtain on, to bring to an end:The accident rang down the curtain on his law career.
  9. ring in: 
    • to indicate one's arrival at work by punching in on a time clock.
    • [Informal.]to introduce artfully or fraudulently:to ring in an imposter.
  10. ring off: 
    • to terminate a telephone conversation.
    • [Brit. Slang.]to stop talking.
    • [Brit. Slang.]to go away.
  11. ring out: 
    • to indicate one's departure from work by punching out on a time clock.
    • to make a sound or noise;
      resound:The church bells rang out.
  12. ring the bell. See  bell 1 (def. 11).
  13. ring the changes. See  change (def. 38).
  14. ring up: 
    • to register (the amount of a sale) on a cash register.
    • to accomplish or record:to ring up a series of successes.
    • [Chiefly Brit.]to telephone.
  15. ring up the curtain: 
    • to direct that the curtain of a theater be raised or opened.
    • to raise or open the curtain in front of a stage.
  16. ring up the curtain on, to begin;
    inaugurate;
    initiate:The $100-a-plate dinner rang up the curtain on the hospital's fund-raising drive.

n. 
  1. a ringing sound, as of a bell or bells:the ring of sleigh bells.
  2. a sound or tone likened to the ringing of a bell:Rings of laughter issued from the school.
  3. any loud sound;
    sound continued, repeated, or reverberated:the ring of iron upon stone.
  4. a set or peal of bells.
  5. a telephone call:Give me a ring tomorrow.
  6. an act or instance of ringing a bell:No one answered my ring.
  7. a characteristic sound, as of a coin.
  8. the aspect or impression presented by a statement, an action, etc., taken as revealing a specified inherent quality:a ring of assurance in her voice;the ring of truth;a false ring.
ringing•ly, adv. 
ringing•ness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English ringen, Old English hringan; cognate with Old Norse hringja, German ringen
    • 31.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sound, tone, quality.

Ring  (ring),USA pronunciation n. 
  • a male given name.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    ring /rɪŋ/ n
    1. 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
    2. any object or mark that is circular in shape
    3. a circular path or course: to run around in a ring
    4. a group of people or things standing or arranged so as to form a circle: a ring of spectators
    5. an enclosed space, usually circular in shape, where circus acts are performed
    6. a square apron or raised platform, marked off by ropes, in which contestants box or wrestle
    7. the ringthe sport of boxing
    8. throw one's hat in the ringto announce one's intention to be a candidate or contestant
    9. a group of people usually operating illegally and covertly: a drug ring, a paedophile ring
    10. (esp at country fairs) an enclosure, often circular, where horses, cattle, and other livestock are paraded and auctioned
    11. an area reserved for betting at a racecourse
    12. a circular strip of bark cut from a tree or branch, esp in order to kill it
    13. a single turn in a spiral
    14. the area of space lying between two concentric circles
    15. 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
    16. short for annual ring

    17. Also called: closed chain a closed loop of atoms in a molecule
    18. any of the thin circular bands of small bodies orbiting a giant planet, esp Saturn
    19. run rings aroundinformal to be greatly superior to; outclass completely
    vb (rings, ringing, ringed)(transitive)
    1. to surround with or as if with or form a ring; encircle
    2. to mark (a bird) with a ring or clip for subsequent identification
    3. to fit a ring in the nose of (a bull, pig, etc) so that it can be led easily

    4. Also: ringbark to 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)
    1. to emit or cause to emit a sonorous or resonant sound, characteristic of certain metals when struck
    2. to cause (a bell) to emit a ringing sound by striking it once or repeatedly or (of a bell) to emit such a sound
    3. (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
      Compare chime1
    4. (intransitive) (of a bell) to sound by being swung in this way
    5. (intransitive) (of a building, place, etc) to be filled with sound; echo: the church rang with singing
    6. (intransitive) followed by for: to call by means of a bell, buzzer, etc: to ring for the butler
    7. Also: ring up chiefly Brit to call (a person) by telephone
    8. (transitive) to strike or tap (a coin) in order to assess its genuineness by the sound produced
    9. (intransitive) (of the ears) to have or give the sensation of humming or ringing
    10. slang to change the identity of (a stolen vehicle) by using the licence plate, serial number, etc, of another, usually disused, vehicle
    11. ring down the curtainto lower the curtain at the end of a theatrical performance
    12. (followed by on) to put an end (to)
    13. ring falseto give the impression of being false
    14. ring trueto give the impression of being true
    n
    1. the act of or a sound made by ringing
    2. a sound produced by or suggestive of a bell
    3. any resonant or metallic sound, esp one sustained or re-echoed: the ring of trumpets
    4. informal chiefly Brit a telephone call
    5. the complete set of bells in a tower or belfry: a ring of eight bells
    6. an inherent quality or characteristic: his explanation has the ring of sincerity

    See also ring 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




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