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 Three years later, Hauser bested that record with the Orioles of the International League, the top rung of the minors. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Retro Baltimore: Joe Hauser, a minor-league Orioles slugger, was a big league talent," 19 Aug. 2020 The title gave her a berth in the lowest rung of the Road to Indy Ladder – a realistic shot, with the right level of success, to reach IndyCar. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Why the 2020 Indy 500 will be the first since 2000 without a driver who's a woman," 18 Aug. 2020 Still, there are hints from within Biden Land that this will not simply be an administration of former officials climbing a rung or two higher on the career ladder. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Great Reclamation Project," 17 Aug. 2020 The opposing sides of a few hundred protesters were clearly separated from each other early, with a Black Lives Matter group sitting on the steps on the west side of the Capitol’s steps and the other side on the center and top rung of the steps. oregonlive, "Scuffles break out Saturday as opposing groups protest at Oregon Capitol," 16 Aug. 2020 But throughout his lifetime in politics, his eye has been on the next rung — the presidency -- in a quest that failed spectacularly in his first two tries. Laurie Kellman, Star Tribune, "The Ultimate Recovery: Cycles of pain anchor Biden's moment," 14 Aug. 2020 Increasingly, pre-doctoral programmes, or pre-docs, are serving as a new rung on the professional ladder. The Economist, "Selection effects What it takes to become an academic economist is changing," 8 Aug. 2020 The goal is to always climb the ladder to the next level of the business, and getting the opportunity to open this festival is definitely a new rung for me. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Film Festival: Conversation with director Steven Shea of ‘Surviving Supercon’," 5 Aug. 2020 There will be a real bell rung at Lexy’s sister-in-law’s home in Bedford on Aug. 28. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "North Ridgeville girl, 5, looks to beat last year’s fundraising of $7,000 for children’s cancer research," 3 Aug. 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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Cite this Entry

“Rung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rung. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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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