- any sturdy stick, bar, or rod, esp. a rounded one, used as a crossbar, support, etc.; specif.,
- any of the crosspieces constituting the steps of a ladder
- a supporting crosspiece, as between the legs of a chair
- a stage or degree in a scale, as of social acceptance
- Scot. a cudgel
Origin of rungMiddle English rong from Old English hrung, staff, rod, pole, akin to German runge; for probably Indo-European base see ring
- A rod or bar forming a step of a ladder.
- A crosspiece between the legs of a chair.
- The spoke in a wheel.
- Nautical One of the spokes or handles on a ship's wheel.
- A level or degree in a hierarchy: a middle manager awaiting a promotion to the next rung.
Origin of rungMiddle English from Old English hrung
- A crosspiece forming a step of a ladder; a round.
- A crosspiece between legs of a chair.
- (nautical, dated) A floor timber in a ship.
- (dated) One of the stakes of a cart; a spar; a heavy staff.
- (engineering, dated) One of the radial handles projecting from the rim of a steering wheel.
- (engineering, dated) One of the pins or trundles of a lantern wheel.
From Old English hrung.
"Rang" and "rung" are incorrect for the past of "ring" in the sense of encircle.
"Rung" as a simple past is usually considered incorrect.
From the verb ring.