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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By repeatedly doing this, the atom falls down to the bottom rung of the hidden state ladder. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Single atoms sit still on a hot plate, may yield new quantum tech," 10 Sep. 2018 Dattner says the sanded redwood uprights are better to look at and to touch than steel, and the design varies the spacing of the rungs so that small children can more easily climb below, but only as far as safety allows. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 In fact, the top rung of European soccer clubs and administrators can think of little else at the moment. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Soccer’s Super League Threat Isn’t Going Away," 12 Nov. 2018 For those at the lowest rung of the income ladder, incomes have gone down by about one percent. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Inequality in Silicon Valley is getting worse: Wages are down for everyone but the top 10 percent," 13 Oct. 2018 Try to climb higher, though, and the rungs get farther apart. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Being lucky really is more important than being good," 31 Mar. 2018 People trying to climb onto the ladder can’t get a handhold; people on the ladder’s bottom rungs get flung off by people nearer the top. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer have held the same top two posts for more than a dozen years, clogging the upper rungs of the leadership ladder. Matthew Green, Vox, "What Pelosi’s defenders miss," 29 Oct. 2018 The Ligier Formula 4 car is even more uncompromising, even though it's meant as the most junior rung on the single-seat ladder that, with enough skill and, perhaps more importantly, enough money, may eventually lead to Formula 1. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How a day driving high-downforce cars at VIR taught me I’m OK being slow," 11 Sep. 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 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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