ring·​ing | \ ˈriŋ-iŋ How to pronounce ringing (audio) \

Definition of ringing

1 : clear and full in tone : resounding a ringing baritone
2 : vigorously unequivocal : decisive a ringing condemnation of immorality

Other Words from ringing

ringingly \ ˈriŋ-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce ringing (audio) \ adverb

Examples of ringing in a Sentence

Do you hear that ringing sound? an angry, ringing denial of the charges
Recent Examples on the Web About 75 firefighters responded to the incident, and were still trying to douse the flames as of 11 p.m. Battalion Chief Robert Rezende told OnScene TV that the call initially came in as a ringing alarm. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Feb. 2022 The next year, President Kennedy made a resonant decision: to boldly go, as the Star Trek prologue was to put it in a ringing split infinitive, where no man had gone before. Anthony Haden-guest, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 But a new research paper released by the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site in Albany, N.Y., offers the most ringing case yet. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2020 Peel away the veil of doubt, and there could hardly be a more ringing endorsement of an artist whose workings, methods, exuberance and connective spirit knew no bounds. Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of ringing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ringing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringing. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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