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

Definition of ding

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

Definition of ding (Entry 2 of 4)

: a sharp ringing sound heard the ding of the timer

Definition of ding (Entry 3 of 4)

: an instance of minor surface damage (such as a dent)
dinged; dinging; dings

Definition of ding (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1 informal
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 informal : 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 Perhaps their value has increased in the last year, but not sure dealing them for a late-round draft pick is worth dinging the Stars defensive depth both this season and next season. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Matt’s Mail: Signing Anton Khudobin for next season, trading defensemen and more," 19 Feb. 2020 Jay Z similarly dinged the company via rap in 2015, but as the music streaming landscape changes, apparently times change too. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Jay Z's music library makes surprise return to Spotify after two years," 4 Dec. 2019 Redshirt freshman Dashaun Mallory looked sharp in his limited reps when Jones got dinged up earlier this season. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Here are the young Michigan State football players who might offer hope for 2020," 22 Nov. 2019 But soft crude prices are dinging the oil giant's bottom line. Matt Egan, CNN, "Exxon's profit shrinks by 49% because oil prices aren't cooperating," 1 Nov. 2019 In those trials, the prosecutor dinged 41 of 42 black prospective jurors. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: A charged police officer, a change of venue to ... Simi Valley, AL?," 6 Sep. 2019 Today, those bungalows have dated floor plans, dinged-up aluminum siding and scant contemporary appeal. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Lake County Port Authority remodels 1950s bungalow to spur reinvestment in aging postwar subdivisions," 30 June 2019 Not without Luka Doncic, who dinged his right ankle again in Thursday’s practice. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "The Mavericks have a big problem, and now Dallas will be forced to solve it without Luka Doncic," 31 Jan. 2020 Besides dinging sales, GM blames the strike for a significant parts shortage that has left many customers awaiting repairs on their GM vehicles. Jamie L. Lareau, USA TODAY, "The pickup war escalates as Ram beats Silverado for first time," 4 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun High-mileage vehicles tend to have preexisting damage like dings, dents and scratches. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "It's OK to reject your rental car. Here are five cases where you should ask for another," 7 Feb. 2020 Other dings against San Francisco — traffic and parking came in second, at 29%, and the high cost of visiting the city was third, at 13%. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Little bang for the buck: SF’s spending on street cleaning not really doing much," 22 Dec. 2019 That ding! elicits a Pavlovian response to make a run for it. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "The completely correct guide to getting off a plane," 22 Sep. 2019 Staying healthy and avoiding injuries is the primary tenet of the TB12 business, and Brady doesn’t seem thrilled that the Patriots keep telling the world about all of his little dings. BostonGlobe.com, "Few people would disagree that the Oakland Coliseum is not up to today’s standards for an NFL stadium.," 15 Dec. 2019 That ding! elicits a Pavlovian response to make a run for it. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "The completely correct guide to getting off a plane," 22 Sep. 2019 That ding! elicits a Pavlovian response to make a run for it. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "The completely correct guide to getting off a plane," 22 Sep. 2019 That ding! elicits a Pavlovian response to make a run for it. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "The completely correct guide to getting off a plane," 22 Sep. 2019 Anyone who uses tech has already given up some privacy as the cost of admission to our efficient, mobile world, with all its pings, dings, and buzzes. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "Amazon Dives Headfirst Into the Techlash," 26 Sep. 2019 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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25 Feb 2020

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“Ding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ding?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=ding0001. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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