- The definition of a ring is a small banded piece of jewelry worn around the finger, an object of a circular shape, or a bell sound.
- An example of a ring is a wedding band.
- An example of a ring is the sound of the phone when someone is calling.
- To ring is defined as to circle around or to make a buzzing, beeping or chiming noise.
- An example of to ring is to dance around a rock.
- An example of to ring is for church bells to sound every hour.
A pair of wedding rings.
ring definition by Webster's New World
- to give forth a clear, resonant sound when struck or otherwise caused to vibrate, as a bell
- to produce, as by sounding, a specified impression on the hearer: promises that ring false
- to cause a bell or bells to sound, esp. as a summons: to ring for a maid
- to sound loudly or be full of sound; be resonant; resound: the room rang with laughter
- to have a sensation as of ringing, humming, etc.: said of the ears or head
Origin: Middle English ringen ; from Old English hringan ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form ker- from source raven, creak, Classical Latin corvus, crow
- to cause (a bell, etc.) to ring
- to sound (a peal, knell, etc.) by or as by ringing a bell or bells
- to signal, proclaim, announce, summon, etc. by or as by ringing: chimes rang the hours
- to test (coins, etc.) by the sound produced in striking on something hard
- Chiefly Brit. to call by telephone: often with up
- Slang to substitute (originally a racehorse) fraudulently: often with in
- the sound of a bell
- any similar sound: the ring of laughter
- any loud sound, esp. when repeated, continued, or reverberated
- the characteristic sound or impression (of some feeling): the ring of sincerity
- a set of bells
- the act of ringing a bell, etc.
- a telephone call: chiefly in , to telephone someone
- a small, circular band of metal, etc., esp. of precious metal, often set with gems, for wearing on the finger as an ornament or a symbol of betrothal, marriage, etc.
- any similar band, as of metal, plastic, etc., used for some special purpose: a key ring, a napkin ring
- a circular line, mark, or figure
- the outer edge or border of something circular; rim, as of a wheel
- a circular cut made, or a circle of bark cut from, around the trunk or a branch of a tree
- annual ring
- any of the turns in a helix or spiral
- a circular course, as in dancing
- a number of people or things grouped in a circle
- ☆ a group of people working together to advance their own interests, esp. by questionable or illegal manipulation and control, as in business, politics, etc.
- an enclosed area, often circular, for contests, exhibitions, etc.: a circus ring
- an enclosure, now usually a square, canvas-covered area set off by stakes and ropes, in which boxing and wrestling matches are held
- the sport or profession of boxing; prizefighting: with the
- Gym. two wooden rings suspended from a ceiling, used for acrobatic feats and routines: usually with the
- Gym. a competitive event in which the rings are used: usually with the
- a contest or competition, esp. a political one, as in throw one's hat into the ring
- Astron. a flat, thin, reflective band of orbiting particles, probably ice crystals and dust, encircling a planet, as Saturn or Uranus, along its equatorial plane at altitudes below the Roche limit
- Chem. closed chain
- Geom. the space between two concentric circles
- Math. a set of elements that has two operations, addition and multiplication, and the properties of being a commutative group under addition, of being closed and associative under multiplication and addition, and in which multiplication is distributive over addition
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English hring, akin to Old High German Old Norse hringr, Dutch ring, Gothic an unverified form hrings ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)krengh- ; from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to turn, bend from source Classical Greek kirkos, ring, Classical Latin cortina, round vessel
- to surround or encircle with or as with a ring
- to form into a ring or rings
- to furnish with a ring or rings
- to put a ring through the nose of (an animal), as to prevent rooting or fighting
- to circle about and so hem in (animals)
- in some games, to toss a ring, horseshoe, quoit, etc. so that it encircles (a peg)
- to girdle (a tree)
- to form in a ring or rings
- to move in a circular or curving course; run, fly, etc. in circles or spirals
ring definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A circular object, form, line, or arrangement with a vacant circular center.
- A small circular band, generally made of precious metal and often set with jewels, worn on the finger.
- A circular band used for carrying, holding, or containing something: a napkin ring.
- rings Sports A pair of circular metal bands suspended in the air for gymnastic exercises, on which balancing and swinging maneuvers are performed while holding the bands as motionless as possible.
- A circular movement or course, as in dancing.
- An enclosed, usually circular area in which exhibitions, sports, or contests take place: a circus ring.
- Sports a. A rectangular arena set off by stakes and ropes in which boxing or wrestling events are held.b. The sport of boxing.
- Games a. An enclosed area in which bets are placed at a racetrack.b. Bookmakers considered as a group.
- An exclusive group of people acting privately or illegally to advance their own interests: a drug ring.
- A political contest; a race.
- Botany An annual ring.
- Mathematics The area between two concentric circles; annulus.
- Mathematics A set of elements subject to the operations of addition and multiplication, in which the set is an abelian group under addition and associative under multiplication and in which the two operations are related by distributive laws.
- Any of the turns constituting a spiral or helix.
- Chemistry A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form. Also called closed chain.
- To surround with or as if with a ring; encircle. See Synonyms at surround.
- To form into a ring or rings.
- To ornament or supply with a ring or rings: ringed the door knocker with a wreath of holly.
- To remove a circular strip of bark around the circumference of (a tree trunk or branch); girdle.
- To put a ring in the nose of (an animal).
- To hem in (animals) by riding in a circle around them.
- Games To toss a ring over (a peg), as in horseshoes.
- To form a ring or rings.
- To move, run, or fly in a spiral or circular course.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hring; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
verb rang rang , rung rung , ring·ing, rings verb, intransitive
- To give forth a clear resonant sound.
- To cause something to ring.
- To sound a bell in order to summon someone: I'll ring for the maid.
- To have a sound or character suggestive of a particular quality: a story that rings true.
- To be filled with sound; resound: The room rang with the children's laughter.
- To hear a persistent humming or buzzing: My ears were ringing from the sound of the blast.
- To be filled with talk or rumor: The whole town rang with the bad news.
- To cause (a bell, for example) to ring.
- To produce (a sound) by or as if by ringing.
- To announce, proclaim, or signal by or as if by ringing: a clock that rings the hour.
- Chiefly British To call (someone) on the telephone. Often used with up: She rang me at noon. Let's ring her up and invite her.
- To test (a coin, for example) for quality by the sound it produces when struck against something.
- The sound created by a bell or another sonorous vibrating object.
- A loud sound, especially one that is repeated or continued.
- A telephone call: Give me a ring when you have time.
- A suggestion of a particular quality: His offer has a suspicious ring.
- A set of bells.
- The act or an instance of sounding a bell.
Origin: Middle English ringen, from Old English hringan.
ring - Business Definition
ring - Computer Definition
The electrically negative (
(1) The ringer line in an early telephone cable. See tip and ring.
(2) A privilege level in the computer. When software is assigned to a ring, it may be limited to executing certain instructions in the computer. Ring 0 has the highest privilege and can access all instructions. The operating system or the virtual memory monitor (VMM) resides in ring 0. Applications typically reside in ring 3, which has a lower priority, and are prohibited from executing instructions that address the hardware. If an application attempts to execute a prohibited instruction, an error indication (fault) is generated. Rings 1 and 2 are available in some computers, but may or may not be used. See virtual machine monitor.
ring - Investment & Finance Definition
ring - Medical Definition
- A circular object, form, or arrangement with a vacant circular center.
- The area between two concentric circles; annulus.
- A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form.
ring - Phrases/Idioms
ring a bell
ring down the curtain
- to signal for a theater curtain to be lowered
- to end something
ring in (or out)
- to punch in (or out)
- to usher in (or out)
ring the bellâ
ring up the curtain
- to signal for a theater curtain to be raised
- to begin something
run rings aroundInformal
- to run much faster than
- to excel greatly
ring a bell
ring down the curtain
ring up the curtain
ring - Science Definition
- A set of elements subject to the operations of addition and multiplication, in which the set is an abelian group under addition and associative under multiplication and in which the two operations are related by distributive laws.
- A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form. Benzene, for example, contains a ring of six carbon atoms. All cyclic compounds contain one or more rings. See annulus.
- See growth ring.