\ ˈriŋ How to pronounce ring (audio) \

Definition of ring

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a circular band for holding, connecting, hanging, pulling, packing, or sealing a key ring a towel ring
2 : a circlet usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger
3a : a circular line, figure, or object smoke ring
b : an encircling arrangement a ring of suburbs
c : a circular or spiral course often used figuratively in plural in the phrase run rings around to describe surpassing an opponent decisively
4a(1) : an often circular space especially for exhibitions or competitions especially : such a space at a circus
(2) : a structure containing such a ring
b : a usually square enclosure in which a fighting contest (such as a boxing or wrestling match) takes place
5 : a band of small objects revolving around a planet (such as Saturn) and composed of dust and icy or rocky fragments
7a : an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish and often corrupt purpose (as to control a market) a wheat ring
b : gang
8 : the field of a political contest : race
9 : food in the shape of a circle
10 : an arrangement of atoms represented in formulas or models in a cyclic manner

called also cycle

11 : a set of mathematical elements that is closed under two binary operations of which the first forms a commutative group with the set and the second is associative over the set and is distributive with respect to the first operation
12 rings plural
a : a pair of usually rubber-covered metal rings suspended from a ceiling or crossbar to a height of approximately eight feet above the floor and used for hanging, swinging, and balancing feats in gymnastics
b : an event in gymnastics competition in which the rings are used
13 : boxing entry 1 ended his ring career
ringed; ringing\ ˈriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce ringing (audio) \

Definition of ring (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to provide with a ring
2 : to place or form a ring around : encircle police ringed the building
4 : to throw a ringer over (the peg) in a game (such as horseshoes or quoits)

intransitive verb

1a : to move in a ring
b : to rise in the air spirally
2 : to form or take the shape of a ring
rang\ ˈraŋ How to pronounce rang (audio) \; rung\ ˈrəŋ How to pronounce rung (audio) \; ringing\ ˈriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce ringing (audio) \

Definition of ring (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to sound resonantly or sonorously the doorbell rang cheers rang out
2a : to be filled with a reverberating sound : resound the halls rang with laughter
b : to have the sensation of being filled with a humming sound his ears rang
3 : to cause something to ring ring for the butler
4a : to be filled with talk or report the whole land rang with her fame
b : to have great renown
c : to sound repetitiously their praise rang in his ears
5 : to have a sound or character expressive of some quality a story that rings true
6 chiefly British : to make a telephone call usually used with up

transitive verb

1 : to cause to sound especially by striking
2 : to make (a sound) by or as if by ringing a bell
3 : to announce by or as if by ringing
4 : to repeat often, loudly, or earnestly
5a : to summon especially by bell
b chiefly British : telephone usually used with up
ring a bell
: to arouse a response that name rings a bell
ring down the curtain
: to conclude a performance or an action
ring off the hook
: to ring frequently or constantly with incoming calls the telephone was ringing off the hook
ring the changes or ring changes
: to run through the range of possible variations
ring up the curtain
: to begin a performance or an action

Definition of ring (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : a set of bells
2 : a clear resonant sound made by or resembling that made by vibrating metal
3 : resonant tone : sonority
4 : a loud sound continued, repeated, or reverberated
5 : a sound or character expressive of some particular quality the story had a familiar ring
6a : the act or an instance of ringing
b : a telephone call

Other Words from ring

Noun (1)

ringlike \ ˈriŋ-​līk How to pronounce ringlike (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of ring

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ring

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English hring; akin to Old High German hring ring, Old Church Slavonic krǫgŭ circle

Verb (2)

Middle English, from Old English hringan; akin to Old Norse hringja to ring

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“Ring.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ring. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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ring

noun
\ ˈriŋ How to pronounce ring (audio) \

Kids Definition of ring

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a circular band used for holding, fastening, or connecting a key ring
2 : a circular band usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger as jewelry
3 : something circular in shape a smoke ring
4 : an often circular space for shows or contests a circus ring
5 : a group of people who work together for dishonest purposes

Other Words from ring

ringed \ ˈriŋd \ adjective

ring

verb
ringed; ringing

Kids Definition of ring (Entry 2 of 4)

: to place or form a ring around Tall trees ring the meadow.

ring

verb
rang\ ˈraŋ \; rung\ ˈrəŋ \; ringing

Kids Definition of ring (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : to make or cause to make a clear vibrating sound The bell rang. Ring the bell.
2 : to announce by or as if by striking a bell We'll ring in the new year.
3 : to sound loudly Cheers rang out.
4 : to fill or be filled with the sound of something The hall rang with laughter.
5 : to be filled with a humming sound His ears were ringing.
6 : to seem to be a certain way Their story rings true.
7 : to call for especially by ringing a bell I rang for the servants.

ring

noun

Kids Definition of ring (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : a clear sound made by or as if by vibrating metal the ring of a bell a telephone's ring
2 : a continuous or repeating loud sound
3 : something that suggests a certain quality Their story had the ring of truth.
4 : a telephone call Give me a ring later.

ring

noun
\ ˈriŋ How to pronounce ring (audio) \

Medical Definition of ring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a circular band
b : an anatomical structure having a circular opening : annulus
2 : an arrangement of atoms represented in formulas or models in a cyclic manner as a closed chain

called also cycle

rang\ ˈraŋ How to pronounce rang (audio) \; rung\ ˈrəŋ How to pronounce rung (audio) \; ringing\ ˈriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce ringing (audio) \

Medical Definition of ring (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have the sensation of being filled with a humming sound his ears rang

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