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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>

ring·like 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




Definition of ring

ringedring·ing 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




Definition of ring

rang play \ˈraŋ\ rung play \ˈrəŋ\ ring·ing 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




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


First Known Use of ring


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