- 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.
intransitive verbrang or Now Chiefly Dial.rung, rung, ringing
- 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 of ringMiddle 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
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 bell☆
ring up the curtain
- to signal for a theater curtain to be raised
- to begin something
- 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 of ringMiddle 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
transitive verbringed, ringing
- 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
run rings aroundInformal
- to run much faster than
- to excel greatly
- A circular object, form, line, or arrangement.
- 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 a commutative 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 polygonal form. Also called closed chain.
verbringed ringed, ring·ing, rings
- To surround with or as if with a ring; encircle: Guests ringed the coffee table.
- 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 of ringMiddle English, from Old English hring; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
Chen Yibing of China at the 2008 Olympic Games
verbrang rang , rung rung , ring·ing, rings
- 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 of ringMiddle English ringen, from Old English hringan.
- A circumscribing object, (roughly) circular and hollow, looking like an annual ring, earring, finger ring etc.
- A circular group of people or objects.
- a ring of mushrooms growing in the wood
- A round piece of (precious) metal worn around the finger or through the ear, nose, etc.
- (UK) A bird band, a round piece of metal put around a bird's leg used for identification and studies of migration.
- A piece of food in the shape of a ring.
- onion rings
- A place where some sports or exhibitions take place; notably a circular or comparable arena, such as a boxing ring or a circus ring; hence the field of a political contest.
- An exclusive group of people, usually involving some unethical or illegal practices.
- a crime ring; a prostitution ring
- (geometry) A planar geometrical figure included between two concentric circles.
- (UK) A burner on a kitchen stove.
- (astronomy) A formation of various pieces of material orbiting around a planet.
- (typography) A diacritical mark in the shape of a hollow circle placed above or under the letter; a krouÅ¾ek.
- (historical) An old English measure of corn equal to the coomb or half a quarter.
- (UK) a large circular prehistoric stone construction such as Stonehenge.
- (computing theory) A hierarchical level of privilege in a computer system, usually at hardware level, used to protect data and functionality (also protection ring).
- In a jack plug, the connector between the tip and the sleeve.
- An instrument, formerly used for taking the sun's altitude, consisting of a brass ring suspended by a swivel, with a hole at one side through which a solar ray entering indicated the altitude on the graduated inner surface opposite.
- (botany) A flexible band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns.
(third-person singular simple present rings, present participle ringing, simple past and past participle ringed)
- To surround or enclose.
- The inner city was ringed with dingy industrial areas.
- (figuratively) To make an incision around; to girdle.
- They ringed the trees to make the clearing easier next year.
- To attach a ring to, especially for identification.
- Only ringed hogs may forage in the commons.
- We managed to ring 22 birds this morning.
- To surround or fit with a ring, or as if with a ring.
- to ring a pig's snout
- (falconry) To rise in the air spirally.
From Middle English ring, ryng, also rink, rynk, from Old English hring, hrincg (â€œring, link of chain, fetter, festoon, anything circular, circle, circular group, border, horizon, corselet, circuit (of a year), cycle, course, orb, globeâ€), from Proto-Germanic *hringaz (â€œcircleâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)krengh- (â€œto turn, bendâ€). Akin to Scots ring (â€œringâ€), West Frisian ring (â€œringâ€), Saterland Frisian Ring (â€œring, circleâ€), Dutch ring (â€œring, hoopâ€), Low German Ring (â€œringâ€), German Ring (â€œring, circleâ€), Swedish ring (â€œring, circleâ€), Icelandic hringur (â€œringâ€), Umbrian krenkatrum, cringatro (â€œbeltâ€), Proto-Slavic *krÇ«gÑŠ (â€œcircleâ€) (Russian ÐºÑ€ÑƒÐ³ (krug)), Old English hrung (â€œcross-bar, spokeâ€), Albanian vrangull (â€œa wheel-shaped tool, circle motionâ€), rreng (â€œto do a prank, cheat, deceiveâ€). More at rung.
- The resonant sound of a bell, or a sound resembling it.
- The church bell's ring could be heard the length of the valley.
- The ring of hammer on anvil filled the air.
- (figuratively) A pleasant or correct sound.
- The name has a nice ring to it.
- (colloquial) A telephone call.
- Iâ€™ll give you a ring when the plane lands.
- Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated.
- A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned.
(third-person singular simple present rings, present participle ringing, simple past rang or nonstandard rung, past participle rung)
- (intransitive) Of a bell, to produce sound.
- The bells were ringing in the town.
- To make (a bell) produce sound.
- The deliveryman rang the doorbell to drop off a parcel.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To produce the sound of a bell or a similar sound.
- Whose mobile phone is ringing?
- (intransitive, figuratively) Of something spoken or written, to appear to be, to seem, to sound.
- That does not ring true.
- (colloquial, UK, New Zealand) To telephone (someone).
- I will ring you when we arrive.
- (intransitive) to resound, reverberate, echo.
- (intransitive) To produce music with bells.
- (dated) To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.
From Middle English ringen, from Old English hringan (â€œto ring, sound, clash; announce by bellsâ€), from Proto-Germanic *hringijanÄ… (â€œto resound, ringâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreg- (â€œto crow, caw, croak, shoutâ€). Cognate with Dutch ringen (â€œto ringâ€), Danish ringe (â€œto ring, callâ€), Swedish ringa (â€œto ring, callâ€), Icelandic hringja (â€œto ring, callâ€), Lithuanian kraÃ±kti (â€œto caw, croak, coughâ€), Albanian vring (â€œa high-pitched sound made by waving violently a solid objectâ€).
- (algebra) An algebraic structure which consists of a set with two binary operations, an additive operation and a multiplicative operation, such that the set is an abelian group under the additive operation, a monoid under the multiplicative operation, and such that the multiplicative operation is distributive with respect to the additive operation.
- The set of integers, is the prototypical ring.
- (algebra) An algebraic structure as above, but only required to be a semigroup under the multiplicative operation, that is, there need not be a multiplicative identity element.
- The definition of ring without unity allows, for instance, the set of even integers to be a ring.
A shortening of German Zahlring (â€œnumber(s) ringâ€); coined by mathematician David Hilbert in 1892. (Reference: Harvey Cohn, Advanced Number Theory, page 49.)
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.