ping

noun
\ˈpiŋ \

Definition of ping 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a sharp sound like that of a striking bullet

3 : the pulse of sound waves reflected from or emitted by a submerged object in submarine signaling or detection and heard by special apparatus Baylor … trained his sound unit from one bearing to another, listening for submarines. It threw out a directional sound beam, a series of "pings." These pings, if they hit a solid object like a submarine, reflected back to the operator.— William J. Lederer

4 : a signal sent from one computer to another across a network for usually diagnostic purposes (as to determine network speed or the status of the target computer) With Napster, however, all you have to do is type in the name of the song or artist and up will pop 2,745 Phish songs sorted by the host computer's type of modem connection and ping rate.— Karl Taro Greenfeld

ping

verb
pinged; pinging; pings

Definition of ping (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a ping

2 : to ricochet with a ping gravel pinging off … the car— Margaret Atwood

transitive verb

1 : to cause to ping ping a bell

2 : to locate (something, such as a submerged object or submarine) by detecting the reflection of a pulse of sound waves : to send out a ping (see ping entry 1 sense 3) in order to locate (something) We will have to follow this big old boy on the surface and then try to ping him with the sonar when he dives.— Corwin Ericson

3a : to send a signal to (a computer) in order to determine its status or the status of the connecting network Without realizing what he was doing, he pinged every server in a .gov domain. Next day, his ISP canceled his account; the retribution was swift and uncompromising.— Bill Machrone

b : to send a signal to (a device, such as a cell phone) in order to determine its status or location Howell officers warned police agencies across the state. … Police pinged the man's phone to get its location.— Andrew Ford

c : to send a usually brief message (such as a text message) or notification to (a person, a person's phone, etc.) … provides an opportunity to check the time or see who pinged you while you were coming down the mountain …Wired

Ping

geographical name
\ˈpiŋ \

Definition of Ping (Entry 3 of 3)

river 360 miles (579 kilometers) long in western Thailand flowing south-southeast to join the Nan River forming the Chao Phraya River

Examples of ping in a Sentence

Verb

Pebbles pinged off the car.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Simplisafe’s best unique feature is Secret Alerts, which can ping your phone but keep the base station silent. David Pierce, WSJ, "Home Security Systems That Are Fast, Easy and Totally Not Creepy," 26 Aug. 2018 Enough shots pinged off posts to form the soundtrack of a casino slot machine. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Golden Knights, Capitals Provide Game 1 Cup Final Spectacle Fitting for Vegas," 29 May 2018 By the way, Nicole was pinging me on Twitter, right? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Former Google lawyer and deputy U.S. CTO Nicole Wong on Recode Decode," 12 Sep. 2018 Lelia’s cell phone has not pinged, and her bank accounts have not been accessed since her disappearance. Malik Johnson, NBC News, "Parents of Lelia Faulkner still searching for daughter two years after her disappearance.," 8 July 2018 Once the first call goes out to a business, Duplex would then send that information to Google Maps, so queries from everyone else could just ping Google Maps instead of doing another call to the business. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talking to Google Duplex: Google’s human-like phone AI feels revolutionary," 27 June 2018 Cellphone tower data showed that Maurice Bradford's phone pinged off of a tower at East 100th Street and Superior Avenue around the time of the shooting. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Appeals court overturns 2016 conviction of Cleveland man who declared innocence at sentencing," 12 Apr. 2018 That is not our support or, frankly, anyone’s identity to just be pinged. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Investor and lacrosse player Paul Rabil on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 18 June 2018 Officers asked for Sprint to ping the phone's location, according to police reports. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Woman carjacked at gunpoint, choked leaving Cleveland church," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ping

Noun

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1855, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for ping

Noun

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ping

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ping

: to make the high, sharp sound of a small, hard object bouncing off metal or glass

: to bounce off something with a sharp, high sound

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