rung

Definition of rung

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of ring

rung

noun
\ ˈrəŋ How to pronounce rung (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He was born in Athens in 1994 into poverty on the lowest rung of Greek society. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo reportedly signs NBA record 5-year, $228 million contract with team," 15 Dec. 2020 Solesbee, who now works in a step-down unit—the rung between a regular medical floor and the I.C.U.—is one of several hundred travel nurses that his current hospital system in Albuquerque has hired to contend with the surge. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "America Is Running Out of Nurses," 15 Dec. 2020 One more loss by Pittsburgh would move Bills up another rung, but top seed is out of reach given Buffalo lost to Kansas City in Week 6. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL playoff picture after Week 15: Seahawks clinch spot, assume first place in NFC West, as Rams stumble," 21 Dec. 2020 Survived in Houston on Sunday and continue clinging to the AFC's final playoff rung. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL playoff picture after Week 13: Vikings in, Cardinals out of last NFC wild-card spot," 7 Dec. 2020 Arizona is historically red but flipped in favor of now President-elect Joe Biden, becoming a key rung on the ladder to victory. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Former astronaut Mark Kelly's swearing-in alters Senate's power dynamics," 4 Dec. 2020 Indy Lights, the top rung on the IndyCar development ladder, was idle in 2020 amid uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Racing remains a passion for Wisconsin businessman Brian Belardi, even as he departs as a team owner," 10 Nov. 2020 San Diego and two other counties, Sacramento and Stanislaus, join Los Angeles County on the lowest rung of the four-step ladder. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: Pennsylvania nurses set to strike next week; Costco to require all customers to wear masks; 242K US deaths," 13 Nov. 2020 The USL Championship is the second tier of men’s professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, one rung below MLS. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "USL championship game canceled after positive coronavirus tests," 31 Oct. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Rung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rung. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for rung

rung

noun
How to pronounce rung (audio)

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 How to pronounce rung (audio) \

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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