ring

125 ENTRIES FOUND:

1ring

noun \ˈriŋ\

Definition of RING

1
:  a circular band for holding, connecting, hanging, pulling, packing, or sealing <a key ring> <a towel ring>
2
:  a circlet usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger
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
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
:  a band of small objects revolving around a planet (as Saturn) and composed of dust and icy or rocky fragments
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
:  the field of a political contest :  race
9
:  food in the shape of a circle
10
:  an arrangement of atoms represented in formulas or models in a cyclic manner —called also cycle
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
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
:  1boxing <ended his ring career>
ring·like \ˈriŋ-līk\ adjective

Origin of RING

Middle English, from Old English hring; akin to Old High German hring ring, Old Church Slavic krǫ circle
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, brilliant, chase, facet, lapidary, paste

2ring

verb
ringedring·ing \ˈriŋ-iŋ\

Definition of RING

transitive verb
1
:  to provide with a ring
2
:  to place or form a ring around :  encircle <police ringed the building>
3
:  girdle 2
4
:  to throw a ringer over (the peg) in a game (as horseshoes or quoits)
intransitive verb
1
a :  to move in a ring
b :  to rise in the air spirally
2
:  to form or take the shape of a ring

First Known Use of RING

14th century

3ring

verb
rang \ˈraŋ\ rung \ˈrəŋ\ ring·ing \ˈriŋ-iŋ\

Definition of RING

intransitive verb
1
:  to sound resonantly or sonorously <the doorbell rang> <cheers rang out>
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>
3
:  to cause something to ring <ring for the butler>
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>
5
:  to have a sound or character expressive of some quality <a story that rings true>
6
chiefly British :  to make a telephone call —usually used with up
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to sound especially by striking
2
:  to make (a sound) by or as if by ringing a bell
3
:  to announce by or as if by ringing
4
:  to repeat often, loudly, or earnestly
5
a :  to summon especially by bell
b chiefly British :  telephone —usually used with up
ring a bell
:  to arouse a response <that name rings a bell>
ring down the curtain
:  to conclude a performance or an action
ring off the hook
:  to ring frequently or constantly with incoming calls <the telephone was ringing off the hook>
ring the changes or ring changes
:  to run through the range of possible variations
ring up the curtain
:  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

4ring

noun

Definition of RING

1
:  a set of bells
2
:  a clear resonant sound made by or resembling that made by vibrating metal
3
:  resonant tone :  sonority
4
:  a loud sound continued, repeated, or reverberated
5
:  a sound or character expressive of some particular quality <the story had a familiar ring>
6
a :  the act or an instance of ringing
b :  a telephone call

First Known Use of RING

1549

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