Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

ring

play
noun \ˈriŋ\

Definition of ring

  1. 1 :  a circular band for holding, connecting, hanging, pulling, packing, or sealing <a key ring> <a towel ring>

  2. 2 :  a circlet usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger

  3. 3 a :  a circular line, figure, or object <smoke ring> b :  an encircling arrangement <a ring of suburbs> c :  a circular or spiral course —often used figuratively in plural in the phrase run rings around to describe surpassing an opponent decisively

  4. 4 a (1) :  an often circular space especially for exhibitions or competitions; especially :  such a space at a circus (2) :  a structure containing such a ring b :  a square enclosure in which a fighting contest (as a boxing or wrestling match) takes place

  5. 5 :  a band of small objects revolving around a planet (as Saturn) and composed of dust and icy or rocky fragments

  6. 6 :  annual ring

  7. 7 a :  an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish and often corrupt purpose (as to control a market) <a wheat ring> b :  gang

  8. 8 :  the field of a political contest :  race

  9. 9 :  food in the shape of a circle

  10. 10 :  an arrangement of atoms represented in formulas or models in a cyclic manner —called also cycle

  11. 11 :  a set of mathematical elements that is closed under two binary operations of which the first forms a commutative group with the set and the second is associative over the set and is distributive with respect to the first operation

  12. 12 plural a :  a pair of usually rubber-covered metal rings suspended from a ceiling or crossbar to a height of approximately eight feet above the floor and used for hanging, swinging, and balancing feats in gymnastics b :  an event in gymnastics competition in which the rings are used

  13. 13 :  1boxing <ended his ring career>

ringlike play \ˈriŋ-līk\ adjective


Origin of ring

Middle English, from Old English hring; akin to Old High German hring ring, Old Church Slavic krǫgŭ circle


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Jewelry Terms


2

ring

verb

Definition of ring

ringedringing play \ˈriŋ-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with a ring

  3. 2 :  to place or form a ring around :  encircle <police ringed the building>

  4. 3 :  girdle 2

  5. 4 :  to throw a ringer over (the peg) in a game (as horseshoes or quoits)

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 a :  to move in a ring b :  to rise in the air spirally

  8. 2 :  to form or take the shape of a ring



14th Century

First Known Use of ring

14th century


3

ring

verb

Definition of ring

rang play \ˈraŋ\ rung play \ˈrəŋ\ ringing play \ˈriŋ-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to sound resonantly or sonorously <the doorbell rang> <cheers rang out>

  3. 2 a :  to be filled with a reverberating sound :  resound <the halls rang with laughter> b :  to have the sensation of being filled with a humming sound <his ears rang>

  4. 3 :  to cause something to ring <ring for the butler>

  5. 4 a :  to be filled with talk or report <the whole land rang with her fame> b :  to have great renown c :  to sound repetitiously <their praise rang in his ears>

  6. 5 :  to have a sound or character expressive of some quality <a story that rings true>

  7. 6 chiefly British :  to make a telephone call —usually used with up

  8. transitive verb
  9. 1 :  to cause to sound especially by striking

  10. 2 :  to make (a sound) by or as if by ringing a bell

  11. 3 :  to announce by or as if by ringing

  12. 4 :  to repeat often, loudly, or earnestly

  13. 5 a :  to summon especially by bell b chiefly British :  telephone —usually used with up

ring a bell
  1. :  to arouse a response <that name rings a bell>

ring down the curtain
  1. :  to conclude a performance or an action

ring off the hook
  1. :  to ring frequently or constantly with incoming calls <the telephone was ringing off the hook>

ring the changes or ring changes
  1. :  to run through the range of possible variations

ring up the curtain
  1. :  to begin a performance or an action



Origin of ring

Middle English, from Old English hringan; akin to Old Norse hringja to ring


First Known Use: before 12th century


4

ring

noun

Definition of ring

  1. 1 :  a set of bells

  2. 2 :  a clear resonant sound made by or resembling that made by vibrating metal

  3. 3 :  resonant tone :  sonority

  4. 4 :  a loud sound continued, repeated, or reverberated

  5. 5 :  a sound or character expressive of some particular quality <the story had a familiar ring>

  6. 6 a :  the act or an instance of ringing b :  a telephone call



1549

First Known Use of ring

1549



RING Defined for Kids

1

ring

play
noun \ˈriŋ\

Definition of ring for Students

  1. 1 :  a circular band used for holding, fastening, or connecting <a key ring>

  2. 2 :  a circular band usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger as jewelry

  3. 3 :  something circular in shape <a smoke ring>

  4. 4 :  an often circular space for shows or contests <a circus ring>

  5. 5 :  a group of people who work together for dishonest purposes

  6. 6 :  annual ring

ringed \ˈriŋd\ adjective



2

ring

play
verb

Definition of ring for Students

ringedringing

  1. :  to place or form a ring around <Tall trees ring the meadow.>




3

ring

play
verb

Definition of ring for Students

rang \ˈraŋ\rung \ˈrəŋ\ringing

  1. 1 :  to make or cause to make a clear vibrating sound <The bell rang.> <Ring the bell.>

  2. 2 :  to announce by or as if by striking a bell <We'll ring in the new year.>

  3. 3 :  to sound loudly <Cheers rang out.>

  4. 4 :  to fill or be filled with the sound of something <The hall rang with laughter.>

  5. 5 :  to be filled with a humming sound <His ears were ringing.>

  6. 6 :  to seem to be a certain way <Their story rings true.>

  7. 7 :  to call for especially by ringing a bell <I rang for the servants.>




4

ring

play
noun

Definition of ring for Students

  1. 1 :  a clear sound made by or as if by vibrating metal <the ring of a bell> <a telephone's ring>

  2. 2 :  a continuous or repeating loud sound

  3. 3 :  something that suggests a certain quality <Their story had the ring of truth.>

  4. 4 :  a telephone call <Give me a ring later.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ring? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to eat gluttonously or ravenously

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1926873504

Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?

gregarious superficial tetchy flashy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ