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1rung

Definition of RUNG

past participle of ring

2rung

noun \ˈrəŋ\

: a piece of wood or metal that is placed between the legs of a chair for support

: one of the pieces of wood or metal that is used as a step on a ladder

: a position or level within a group, organization, etc., that is higher or lower than others

Full Definition of RUNG

1
a :  a rounded crosspiece between the legs of a chair
b :  one of the crosspieces of a ladder
2
Scottish :  a heavy staff or cudgel
3
:  a spoke of a wheel
4
:  a level in a hierarchy <rise a few rungs on the social scale — H. W. Van Loon>

Examples of RUNG

  1. He was on the bottom rung on the corporate ladder.
  2. the top rung of society
  3. the lowest rung of the pay scale

Origin of RUNG

Middle English, from Old English hrung crossbar; akin to Gothic hrunga staff and perhaps to Old English hring ring — more at ring
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Vehicles Terms

brougham, hansom, litter, shay, skid, sledge, sulky, wain

Rhymes with RUNG

RUNG Defined for Kids

1rung

\ˈrəŋ\

Definition of RUNG for Kids

past participle of 3ring

2rung

noun

Definition of RUNG for Kids

1
:  a rounded part placed as a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
2
:  one of the crosspieces of a ladder
Medical Dictionary

rung

Medical Definition of RUNG

past part of ring

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