Ring meaning

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A small circular band, generally made of precious metal and often set with jewels, worn on the finger.
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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.

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(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.
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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.

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A circular movement or course, as in dancing.
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An enclosed, usually circular area in which exhibitions, sports, or contests take place.

A circus ring.

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An exclusive group of people acting privately or illegally to advance their own interests.

A drug ring.

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A political contest; a race.
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(botany) An annual ring.
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(mathematics) The area between two concentric circles; annulus.
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(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.
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Any of the turns constituting a spiral or helix.
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(chemistry) A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in polygonal form.
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To surround with or as if with a ring; encircle.

Guests ringed the coffee table.

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To form into a ring or rings.
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To ornament or supply with a ring or rings.

Ringed the door knocker with a wreath of holly.

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To remove a circular strip of bark around the circumference of (a tree trunk or branch); girdle.
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To put a ring in the nose of (an animal).
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To hem in (animals) by riding in a circle around them.
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(games) To toss a ring over (a peg), as in horseshoes.
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To form a ring or rings.
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To move, run, or fly in a spiral or circular course.
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To give forth a clear resonant sound.
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To cause something to ring.
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To sound a bell in order to summon someone.

I'll ring for the maid.

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To have a sound or character suggestive of a particular quality.

A story that rings true.

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To be filled with sound; resound.

The room rang with the children's laughter.

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To hear a persistent humming or buzzing.

My ears were ringing from the sound of the blast.

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To be filled with talk or rumor.

The whole town rang with the bad news.

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To cause (a bell, for example) to ring.
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To produce (a sound) by or as if by ringing.
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To announce, proclaim, or signal by or as if by ringing.

A clock that rings the hour.

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(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.

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To test (a coin, for example) for quality by the sound it produces when struck against something.
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The sound created by a bell or another sonorous vibrating object.
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A loud sound, especially one that is repeated or continued.
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A telephone call.

Give me a ring when you have time.

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A suggestion of a particular quality.

His offer has a suspicious ring.

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A set of bells.
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The act or an instance of sounding a bell.
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To give forth a clear, resonant sound when struck or otherwise caused to vibrate, as a bell.
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To produce, as by sounding, a specified impression on the hearer.

Promises that ring false.

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To cause a bell or bells to sound, esp. as a summons.

To ring for a maid.

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To sound loudly or be full of sound; be resonant; resound.

The room rang with laughter.

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To have a sensation as of ringing, humming, etc.
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To cause (a bell, etc.) to ring.
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To sound (a peal, knell, etc.) by or as by ringing a bell or bells.
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To signal, proclaim, announce, summon, etc. by or as by ringing.

Chimes rang the hours.

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To test (coins, etc.) by the sound produced in striking on something hard.
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(chiefly brit.) To call by telephone.
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(slang) To substitute (originally a racehorse) fraudulently.
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The sound of a bell.
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The characteristic sound or impression (of some feeling)

The ring of sincerity.

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A set of bells.
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The act of ringing a bell, etc.
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(informal) A telephone call.
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A circular band, usually of precious metal and often set with gems, worn on the finger as an ornament or a symbol of betrothal, marriage, etc.
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A circular band of metal, plastic, etc., used to connect, hang, seal, decorate, etc. a thing or things.

A key ring, a napkin ring.

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The outer edge or border of something circular; rim, as of a wheel.
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A circular cut made, or a circle of bark cut from, around the trunk or a branch of a tree.
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Any of the turns in a helix or spiral.
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A circular course, as in dancing.
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A number of people or things grouped in a circle.
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A group of people working together to advance their own interests, esp. by questionable or illegal manipulation and control, as in business, politics, etc.
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An enclosed area, often circular, for contests, exhibitions, etc.

A circus ring.

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A contest or competition, esp. a political one, as in throw one's hat into the ring.
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(astron.) A thin, flat, 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.
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(geom.) The space between two concentric circles.
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(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.
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To surround or encircle with or as with a ring.
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To form into a ring or rings.
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To furnish with a ring or rings.
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To put a ring through the nose of (an animal), as to prevent rooting or fighting.
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To circle about and so hem in (animals)
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In some games, to toss a ring, horseshoe, quoit, etc. so that it encircles (a peg)
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To girdle (a tree)
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To form in a ring or rings.
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To move in a circular or curving course; run, fly, etc. in circles or spirals.
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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.
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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.
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(1) The ringer line in an early telephone cable. See tip and ring.
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The electrically negative (
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A circumscribing object, (roughly) circular and hollow, looking like an annual ring, earring, finger ring etc.
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A circular group of people or objects.

A ring of mushrooms growing in the wood.

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A round piece of (precious) metal worn around the finger or through the ear, nose, etc.
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(UK) A bird band, a round piece of metal put around a bird's leg used for identification and studies of migration.
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A piece of food in the shape of a ring.

Onion rings.

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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.
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An exclusive group of people, usually involving some unethical or illegal practices.

A crime ring; a prostitution ring.

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(geometry) A planar geometrical figure included between two concentric circles.
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(UK) A burner on a kitchen stove.
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(astronomy) A formation of various pieces of material orbiting around a planet.
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(typography) A diacritical mark in the shape of a hollow circle placed above or under the letter; a kroužek.
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(historical) An old English measure of corn equal to the coomb or half a quarter.
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(UK) A large circular prehistoric stone construction such as Stonehenge.
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(computing theory) A hierarchical level of privilege in a computer system, usually at hardware level, used to protect data and functionality (also protection ring).
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In a jack plug, the connector between the tip and the sleeve.
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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.
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(botany) A flexible band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns.
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To surround or enclose.

The inner city was ringed with dingy industrial areas.

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(figuratively) To make an incision around; to girdle.

They ringed the trees to make the clearing easier next year.

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To attach a ring to, especially for identification.

Only ringed hogs may forage in the commons.

We managed to ring 22 birds this morning.

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To surround or fit with a ring, or as if with a ring.

To ring a pig's snout.

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(falconry) To rise in the air spirally.
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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.

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(figuratively) A pleasant or correct sound.

The name has a nice ring to it.

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(colloquial) A telephone call.

I'll give you a ring when the plane lands.

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Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated.
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A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned.
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(intransitive) Of a bell, to produce sound.

The bells were ringing in the town.

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To make (a bell) produce sound.

The deliveryman rang the doorbell to drop off a parcel.

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(intransitive, figuratively) To produce the sound of a bell or a similar sound.

Whose mobile phone is ringing?

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(intransitive, figuratively) Of something spoken or written, to appear to be, to seem, to sound.

That does not ring true.

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(colloquial, UK, New Zealand) To telephone (someone).

I will ring you when we arrive.

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(intransitive) To resound, reverberate, echo.
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(intransitive) To produce music with bells.

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(dated) To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.
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(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.

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(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.

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A surname for a maker of rings as jewelry or as in harness.
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A circular object, form, line, or arrangement.
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A circular band used for carrying, holding, or containing something.

A napkin ring.

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(informal) ring a bell
  • To arouse an often indistinct memory.
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ring down the curtain
  • To end a performance, event, or action.
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(slang) ring (someone's) chimes
  • To knock (an opponent) out by physical or other force.
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ring up the curtain
  • To begin a performance, event, or action.
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ring a bell
  • to stir up a memory; sound familiar
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ring down the curtain
  • to signal for a theater curtain to be lowered
  • to end something
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ring in (or out)
  • to punch in (or out)
  • to usher in (or out)
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ring off
  • to end a telephone call; hang up
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ring the bell
  • to achieve a success
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ring up
  • to record or enter (a specified amount) on a cash register
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ring up the curtain
  • to signal for a theater curtain to be raised
  • to begin something
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of ring

  • Middle English from Old English hring sker-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English ringen from Old English hringan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English ring, ryng, also rink, rynk, from Old English hring, hrincg (“ring, link of chain, fetter, festoon, anything circular, circle, circular group, border, horizon, corselet, circuit (of a year), cycle, course, orb, globe"), from Proto-Germanic *hringaz (“circle"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)krengh- (“to turn, bend"). Akin to Scots ring (“ring"), West Frisian ring (“ring"), Saterland Frisian Ring (“ring, circle"), Dutch ring (“ring, hoop"), Low German Ring (“ring"), German Ring (“ring, circle"), Swedish ring (“ring, circle"), Icelandic hringur (“ring"), Umbrian krenkatrum, cringatro (“belt"), Proto-Slavic *krÇ«gÑŠ (“circle") (Russian круг (krug)), Old English hrung (“cross-bar, spoke"), Albanian vrangull (“a wheel-shaped tool, circle motion"), rreng (“to do a prank, cheat, deceive"). More at rung.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English ringen, from Old English hringan (“to ring, sound, clash; announce by bells"), from Proto-Germanic *hringijanÄ… (“to resound, ring"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreg- (“to crow, caw, croak, shout"). Cognate with Dutch ringen (“to ring"), Danish ringe (“to ring, call"), Swedish ringa (“to ring, call"), Icelandic hringja (“to ring, call"), Lithuanian krañkti (“to caw, croak, cough"), Albanian vring (“a high-pitched sound made by waving violently a solid object").

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  • A shortening of German Zahlring (“number(s) ring"); coined by mathematician David Hilbert in 1892. (Reference: Harvey Cohn, Advanced Number Theory, page 49.)

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