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ring

noun \ ˈriŋ \

Definition of ring

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
3 a :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
4 a (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 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
7 a :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 :1boxing
  • ended his ring career

ringlike

play \ˈriŋ-līk\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of ring

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

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ring

verb

Definition of ring

ringed; ringing play \ˈriŋ-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to provide with a ring
2 :to place or form a ring around :encircle
  • police ringed the building
3 :girdle 2
4 :to throw a ringer over (the peg) in a game (such as horseshoes or quoits)
intransitive verb
1 a :to move in a ring
b :to rise in the air spirally
2 :to form or take the shape of a ring

First Known Use of ring

15th century


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ring

verb

Definition of ring

rang play \ˈraŋ\; rung play \ˈrəŋ\; ringing play \ˈriŋ-iŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to sound resonantly or sonorously
  • the doorbell rang
  • cheers rang out
2 a :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
4 a :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
5 a :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

Origin and Etymology of ring

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


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ring

noun

Definition of ring

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
6 a :the act or an instance of ringing
b :a telephone call

First Known Use of ring

1549


RING Defined for Kids

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ring

noun \ ˈriŋ \

Definition of ring for Students

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

ringed

\ˈriŋd\ adjective

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ring

verb

Definition of ring for Students

ringed; ringing
:to place or form a ring around
  • Tall trees ring the meadow.

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ring

verb

Definition of ring for Students

rang \ˈraŋ\; rung \ˈrəŋ\; ringing
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.

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ring

noun

Definition of ring for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

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ring

noun \ ˈriŋ \

medical Definition of ring

1 a :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

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ring

intransitive verb

medical Definition of ring

rang play \ˈraŋ\; rung play \ˈrəŋ\; ringing play \ˈriŋ-iŋ\
:to have the sensation of being filled with a humming sound
  • his ears rang


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