ding

verb (1)
\ ˈdiŋ How to pronounce ding (audio) \
dinged; dinging; dings

Definition of ding

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

: to dwell on with tiresome repetition keeps dinging it into him that the less he smokes the better— Samuel Butler †1902

intransitive verb

1 : to make a ringing sound : clang
2 : to speak with tiresome reiteration

ding

noun (1)
plural dings

Definition of ding (Entry 2 of 4)

: a sharp ringing sound heard the ding of the timer

ding

noun (2)

Definition of ding (Entry 3 of 4)

: an instance of minor surface damage (such as a dent)

ding

verb (2)
dinged; dinging; dings

Definition of ding (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

informal

1

a : to strike or knock against got dinged on the elbow
b : to cause minor surface damage to ding a car door
c : to do harm to … has struggled of late to win customers back after reports of a norovirus outbreak … circulated in July, once again dinging the chain's reputation.— Sarah Whitten If they don't hit the mark, their review, pay, and chances at promotion get dinged.— Nanette Byrnes et al.
d : to cause a usually minor injury to On Jan. 20, Joel Embiid dinged his knee in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The ever-cautious Sixers held the big man out of the next two games with what was described as a "left knee contusion."
2 : to penalize or criticize Joseph's time hasn't been without some controversy, including recently when the state dinged the district for starting the year with several administrators not holding Tennessee teaching and administrative licenses.— Jason Gonzales Historical accounts dinged the Cadburys for not doing enough to help with cocoa worker conditions and slavery in Africa.— Michael S. Rosenwald

Examples of ding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chubb will get dinged in the draft process for injury concerns, coming off a knee injury that kept him out in 2015 and hampered his game in ’16. SI.com, "NFL Draft 2018: Running Back Rankings, Analysis," 22 Mar. 2018 If a guy gets dinged or tired or whatever, Coach Bhonapha will rotate those guys. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Chris Petersen on BYU’s ‘unique’ running game, Jake Browning, Cade Otton and more," 24 Sep. 2018 As long as companies stick to specific parameters — such as not buying more than 25 percent of the stock’s average daily trading volume in a single day — they won’t be dinged for stock manipulation. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Stock buybacks, explained," 2 Aug. 2018 Comstock also dinged Helmer for moving to the district with his wife and two sons in December 2013 around the time he was released from active duty. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Democratic House candidate compares Trump to Osama bin Laden. White House calls it ‘reprehensible’," 31 May 2018 It was dinged in scoring for it's relatively high crime rate and poor health care rating. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Which state ranks best overall for retirement? South Dakota tops Bankrate.com list," 12 July 2018 The only thing that’s different is that the suitcase has been dinged up a little bit. Kevin Nguyen, GQ, "The Best Carry-On Luggage Can Take a Beating," 14 June 2018 That film has been dinged by critics in part for its hamfisted determination to provide a myth-deflating explanation of every miniscule aspect of the iconic Han Solo character. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Game of Thrones," 9 June 2018 How to avoid getting dinged when renting a car Wochit How's this one for a summer vacation horror story? Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Car rental customers: Watch your mail for this unexpected bill," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white drama has some major dings against it. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race," 20 Feb. 2019 Con: Butcher-block is susceptible to scratches, dings, and stains. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Butcher-Block Countertops: Pros, Cons, and Everything Else You Should Know," 15 Jan. 2019 Dents and dings are frequent bothers, these drivers say. Christina Rogers, WSJ, "Americans’ Love Affair With Huge Vehicles Collides With Tiny Parking Spaces," 15 June 2018 Note any existing scratches, dings, or damage to your furniture. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 Dec. 2018 The Making of a Giant Analysts said the wage changes are likely to result in a small ding to profitability. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon to Raise Its Minimum U.S. Wage to $15 an Hour," 2 Oct. 2018 Gordon is still dealing with a toe fracture that won’t completely heal during the season and other dings and dents. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Can Robinson Cano’s return lift Mariners into the playoffs?," 12 Aug. 2018 Add all those other backing up helpers, the dings and zings, beeps and blurps, as well as a crystal clear head-up display and the $3,200 upcharge starts to seem reasonable. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 BMW 530i xDrive is all very good and nice," 26 July 2017 Homeowners today are battling a different kind of noise: the cacophony of pings and dings coming from all the gadgets inside their homes. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Quieting the High-Tech Luxury Home," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now on Friday, a Virginia federal judge dinged the site for another $4.8 million for the same infringing behavior, this time from a lawsuit brought by the American Chemical Society. David Kravets, Ars Technica, "Piracy site for science research dinged again in court—this time for $4.8M," 6 Nov. 2017 Back inside, clusters of bodies lay crumpled along the ground as ammunition dinged the metal roof of the bar near the back of the venue. Author: Wesley Lowery, Alaska Dispatch News, "Two strangers bond over country music and beer. Then the shots started.," 3 Oct. 2017 But a glut of new restaurants and a change in consumer spending habits have dinged the industry. Joe Gose, New York Times, "The Food Court Matures Into the Food Hall," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ding

Verb (1)

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (1)

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1945, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ding

Verb (1)

probably imitative

Noun (2)

ding to strike, from Middle English dingen

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