rung

Definition of rung 

(Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of ring

rung

noun
\ˈrəŋ \

Definition of rung (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

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Examples of rung in a Sentence

Noun

He was on the bottom rung on the corporate ladder. the top rung of society the lowest rung of the pay scale
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Yes, that’s the cost of aiming for the highest rung on the ladder. Bob Ford, Philly.com, "Passing on Michael Porter Jr. in NBA draft shows change in how Sixers view themselves | Bob Ford," 22 June 2018 Moody’s has a long-term issuer rating on GE of A2, the third-highest rung, and a short-term rating of P-1, the highest rating for such borrowing. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "Once Again, GE’s Dividend Is the Focus of Investors," 2 Oct. 2018 The Blessing of the Bells, at noon on Saturday, is the one time each year when all five of the bells of Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala are rung, including the original bell from 1802. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: San Diego Pride, Sun & Sea Festival, Gustavo Romero," 13 July 2018 But with Republican Donald Trump now in the White House, GOP senators are effectively ending the veto power of home-state senators for nominations to the influential appellate courts, the second-highest rung of the federal judiciary. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee lawyer Michael Brennan confirmed for U.S. Court of Appeals, ending long vacancy amid bitter partisan dispute," 10 May 2018 In the more than 30 years since their first encounters, Wright and Beilein have climbed to the highest rung of the college coaching ladder. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Donte DiVincenzo scores 31 points off bench to lead Villanova to national championship with 79-62 win over Michigan," 3 Apr. 2018 An uninterrupted campaign could have moved Margot a few rungs up the ladder, as his Margot’s 5.2 ultimate zone ratting was the sixth-best among all center fielders despite missing a month of the season. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Manuel Margot sixth in NL Rookie of Year voting," 13 Nov. 2017 Lawyers at the top rungs of the legal profession are moving to a part of the industry that just a few years ago was largely unknown. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The New Hot Law Job: Litigation Finance," 5 July 2018 The three-star recruit who began his career in the Group of Five now occupies one of the top rungs on college football’s pecking order. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Unique path has North Carolina State QB Ryan Finley ready for what comes next," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of rung

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for rung

Noun

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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The first known use of rung was in the 14th century

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rung

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rung

: 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

\ˈrəŋ \

Kids Definition of rung

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of ring

rung

noun

Kids Definition of rung (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a rounded part placed as a crosspiece between the legs of a chair

2 : one of the crosspieces of a ladder

rung

Medical Definition of rung 

past part of ring

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