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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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 Yet Painter told me that the will simply doesn't exist to push the issue at the top rungs of government. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: North Korea is even less likely to give up hacking than nukes," 1 June 2018 In 2011, Belardi Auto Racing joined the Indy Lights Series, the top rung on the development ladder for IndyCar. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From a book in a Mequon school library to pit road at the Indianapolis 500," 25 May 2018 The university was for most of its 85 years known as New Hampshire College, a struggling institution three or four rungs down that state’s higher education ladder. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 There is more to be gained or lost by moving from one rung on the ladder to another. The Economist, "Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?," 14 June 2018 He's seen players scrap for a shot at MLS, as well as the attrition that takes place during the jump to America's top-rung soccer league. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Everything you need to get ready for Minnesota United FC vs FC Cincinnati U.S. Open Cup," 6 June 2018 That tournament is a rung below the Olympic qualifying tournament, but this was a big upgrade from two years ago, when Scott had only one one-hour practice before his first game and the team got blown out of most of its games, winning only one. Mike Jensen, Philly.com, "Arcadia basketball coach Justin Scott went on vacation, picked up a second job," 10 July 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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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

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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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