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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At this point last season, Orlando City was in the middle of a free-fall to the bottom rung of the conference. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City’s growth is ‘night and day’ as team chases playoff spot," 23 Aug. 2019 The airline has fallen to the bottom rung of major U.S. carriers in on-time performance and cancellations, according to Department of Transportation data. Dallas News, "American Airlines wins trial over mechanics in work slowdown case," 12 Aug. 2019 The result is that there aren't enough owners of entry-level homes to move up to the next rung of the ladder, said Thomas Blanchard, president elect of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. Prashant Gopal, chicagotribune.com, "America’s housing affordability crisis spreads to heartland," 5 Aug. 2019 The result is there aren’t enough owners of entry-level homes for people to buy and then move up to the next rung of the ladder, said Thomas Blanchard, president-elect of the Greater Las Vegas Assn. Los Angeles Times, "Housing affordability crisis spreads to the Midwest and other lower-cost areas," 30 July 2019 Family, friends, pilots and engineers coaxed Zito’s unsure feet onto each rung, and loaded him through a tiny hatch, sitting him down near a large machine gun and window. Hans Peter, The Denver Post, "92-year-old Windsor veteran takes flight in WWII bomber," 14 July 2019 There are breakout performances that take place at this particular rung of NBA basketball annually; like many things, what happens on the court in Vegas often ends up staying here. The Si Staff, SI.com, "The Five Most Impressive Second-Year Players at the NBA Summer League," 12 July 2019 Escalators into the middle class have slowed and stalled, and the rung of the economic ladder one starts on is most likely where one will end up. Calvin Schermerhorn, Twin Cities, "Calvin Schermerhorn: Why the racial wealth gap persists more than 150 years after emancipation," 27 June 2019 But there could be changes in the next rungs of leadership. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "House Republicans Jockey for Power Posts in New Minority Role," 8 Nov. 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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