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rung

Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rung

  • past participle of ring

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rung

noun \ ˈrəŋ \

Definition of rung

1 a :a rounded crosspiece between the legs of a chair
b :one of the crosspieces of a ladder
2 Scotland :a heavy staff or cudgel
3 :a spoke of a wheel
4 :a level in a hierarchy
  • rise a few rungs on the social scale
  • —H. W. Van Loon

Examples of rung in a Sentence

  1. He was on the bottom rung on the corporate ladder.

  2. the top rung of society

  3. the lowest rung of the pay scale

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Origin and Etymology of rung

Middle English, from Old English hrung crossbar; akin to Goth hrunga staff and perhaps to Old English hring ring — more at ring

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RUNG Defined for English Language Learners

rung

noun

Definition of rung for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of wood or metal that is placed between the legs of a chair for support

  • : one of the pieces of wood or metal that is used as a step on a ladder

  • : a position or level within a group, organization, etc., that is higher or lower than others


RUNG Defined for Kids

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rung

\ ˈrəŋ \

Definition of rung for Students


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rung

noun

Definition of rung for Students

1 :a rounded part placed as a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
2 :one of the crosspieces of a ladder

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