Definition of RUNG

past participle of ring


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

a :  a rounded crosspiece between the legs of a chair
b :  one of the crosspieces of a ladder
Scottish :  a heavy staff or cudgel
:  a spoke of a wheel
:  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


   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RUNG

past part of ring


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