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Webster 1913 Edition


Ring

Ring

(rĭng)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp.
Rang
(răng)
or
Rung
(rŭng)
;
p. p.
Rung
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Ringing
.]
[AS.
hringan
; akin to Icel.
hringja
, Sw.
ringa
, Dan.
ringe
, OD.
ringhen
,
ringkelen
. √19.]
1.
To cause to sound, especially by striking, as a metallic body;
as, to
ring
a bell
.
2.
To make (a sound), as by ringing a bell; to sound.
The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums,
Hath
rung
night’s yawning peal.
Shakespeare
3.
To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.
To ring a peal
,
to ring a set of changes on a chime of bells.
To ring the changes upon
.
See under
Change
.
To ring in
or
To ring out
,
to usher, attend on, or celebrate, by the ringing of bells;
as,
to ring out
the old year and
ring in
the new
.
Tennyson
. –
To ring the bells backward
,
to sound the chimes, reversing the common order; – formerly done as a signal of alarm or danger.
Sir W. Scott.

Ring

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body, particularly a metallic one.
Now
ringen
trompes loud and clarion.
Chaucer.
Why
ring
not out the bells?
Shakespeare
2.
To practice making music with bells.
Holder.
3.
To sound loud; to resound; to be filled with a ringing or reverberating sound.
With sweeter notes each rising temple
rung
.
Pope.
The hall with harp and carol
rang
.
Tennyson.
My ears still
ring
with noise.
Dryden.
4.
To continue to sound or vibrate; to resound.
The assertion is still
ringing
in our ears.
Burke.
5.
To be filled with report or talk;
as, the whole town
rings
with his fame
.

Ring

,
Noun.
1.
A sound; especially, the sound of vibrating metals;
as, the
ring
of a bell
.
2.
Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated.
The
ring
of acclamations fresh in his ears.
Bacon
3.
A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned.
As great and tunable a
ring
of bells as any in the world.
Fuller.

Ring

,
Noun.
[AS.
hring
,
hrinc
; akin to Fries.
hring
, D. & G.
ring
, OHG.
ring
,
hring
, Icel.
hringr
, DAn. & SW.
ring
; cf. Russ.
krug'
. Cf.
Harangue
,
Rank
a row,
Rink
.]
A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line or hoop.
2.
Specifically, a circular ornament of gold or other precious material worn on the finger, or attached to the ear, the nose, or some other part of the person;
as, a wedding
ring
.
Upon his thumb he had of gold a
ring
.
Chaucer.
The dearest
ring
in Venice will I give you.
Shakespeare
3.
A circular area in which races are or run or other sports are performed; an arena.
Place me, O, place me in the dusty
ring
,
Where youthful charioteers contend for glory.
E. Smith.
4.
An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence, figuratively, prize fighting.
“The road was an institution, the ring was an institution.”
Thackeray.
5.
A circular group of persons.
And hears the Muses in a
ring

Aye round about Jove's alter sing.
Milton.
6.
(Geom.)
(a)
The plane figure included between the circumferences of two concentric circles.
(b)
The solid generated by the revolution of a circle, or other figure, about an exterior straight line (as an axis) lying in the same plane as the circle or other figure.
7.
(Astron. & Navigation)
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.
8.
(Bot.)
An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of
Sporangium
.
9.
A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute offices, obtain contracts, etc.
The ruling
ring
at Constantinople.
E. A. Freeman.
Ring armor
,
armor composed of rings of metal. See
Ring mail
, below, and
Chain mail
, under
Chain
.
Ring blackbird
(Zool.)
,
the ring ousel.
Ring canal
(Zool.)
,
the circular water tube which surrounds the esophagus of echinoderms.
Ring dotterel
, or
Ringed dotterel
.
(Zool.)
See
Dotterel
, and Illust. of
Pressiroster
.
Ring dropper
,
a sharper who pretends to have found a ring (dropped by himself), and tries to induce another to buy it as valuable, it being worthless.
Ring fence
.
See under
Fence
.
Ring finger
,
the third finger of the left hand, or the next the little finger, on which the ring is placed in marriage.
Ring formula
(Chem.)
,
a graphic formula in the shape of a closed ring, as in the case of benzene, pyridine, etc. See Illust. under
Benzene
.
Ring mail
,
a kind of mail made of small steel rings sewed upon a garment of leather or of cloth.
Ring micrometer
.
(Astron.)
See
Circular micrometer
, under
Micrometer
.
Saturn's rings
.
See
Saturn
.
Ring ousel
.
(Zool.)
See
Ousel
.
Ring parrot
(Zool.)
,
any one of several species of Old World parrakeets having a red ring around the neck, especially
Palaeornis torquatus
, common in India, and
Palaeornis Alexandri
of
Java
.
Ring plover
.
(Zool.)
(a)
The ringed dotterel
.
(b)
Any one of several small American plovers having a dark ring around the neck, as the semipalmated plover (
Aegialitis semipalmata
).
Ring snake
(Zool.)
,
a small harmless American snake (
Diadophis punctatus
) having a white ring around the neck. The back is ash-colored, or sage green, the belly of an orange red.
Ring stopper
.
(Naut.)
See under
Stopper
.
Ring thrush
(Zool.)
,
the ring ousel.
The prize ring
,
the ring in which prize fighters contend; prize fighters, collectively.
The ring
.
(a)
The body of sporting men who bet on horse races
.
[Eng.]
(b)
The prize ring.

Ring

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Ringed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Ringing
.]
1.
To surround with a ring, or as with a ring; to encircle.
Ring these fingers.”
Shak.
2.
(Hort.)
To make a ring around by cutting away the bark; to girdle;
as, to
ring
branches or roots
.
3.
To fit with a ring or with rings, as the fingers, or a swine's snout.

Ring

,
Verb.
I.
(Falconry)
To rise in the air spirally.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ring

RING

,
Noun.
1.
A circle, or a circular line, or any thing in the form of a circular line or hoop. Thus we say of men, they formed themselves into a ring, to see a wrestling match. Rings of gold were made for the ark. Ex. 25. Rings of gold or other material are worn on the fingers and sometimes in the ears, as ornaments.
2.
A circular course.
Place me, O place me in the dusty ring, where youthful charioteers contend for glory.

RING

,
Noun.
[from the verb.]
1.
A sound; particularly, the sound of metals; as the ring of a bell.
2.
Any loud sound, or the sounds of numerous voices; or sound continued, repeated or reverberated; as the ring of acclamations.
3.
A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned.

RING

,
Verb.
T.
pret. and pp. rung.
To cause to sound, particularly by striking a metallic body; as, to ring a bell. This word expresses appropriately the sounding of metals.

RING

,
Verb.
T.
[from the noun.
1.
To encircle.
2.
To fit with rings, as the fingers, or as a swine's snout. Farmers ring swine to prevent their rooting.
And ring these fingers with thy household worms.

RING

, v.i.
1.
To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body, particularly a metallic one.
2.
To practice the art of making music with bells.
3.
To sound; to resound.
With sweeter notes each rising temple rung.
4.
To utter, as a bell; to sound.
The shardborn beetle with his drowsy hums, hath rung night's yawning peal.
5.
To tinkle; to have the sensation of sound continued.
My ears still ring with noise.
6.
To be filled with report or talk. The whole town rings with his fame.

Definition 2022


Ring

Ring

See also: ring and riñg

English

Proper noun

Ring

  1. A surname for a maker of rings as jewelry or as in harness.

Anagrams


German

Etymology

From Old High German ring, from Proto-Germanic *hringaz, cognate with Dutch ring, English ring, Swedish ring.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʀɪŋ/

Noun

Ring m (genitive Rings or Ringes, plural Ringe, diminutive Ringchen n or Ringlein n)

  1. a ring (a circular and hollow object, made of any material.)
  2. a ring (a piece of trinket (consisting of a precious metal, in general) worn around the finger)
  3. a ring (a group of people, often involved into criminal and illegal actions)
  4. (mathematics) a ring (algebraic structure)
  5. (geometry) a ring (planar geometrical figure)
  6. (heraldry) an annulet (ring used as a charge)
  7. (astronomy) a ring (a collection of material orbiting a planet)
  8. (sports) a ring (a place where events such as wrestling and boxingtake place)
  9. a street that encircles a city where once the old town walls have been.

Declension

Derived terms

  • Abstandsring
  • Abstreifring
  • Ankerring
  • Auflagering
  • Augenringe
  • Beißring
  • Ehering
  • Federring
  • Messring
  • Ohrring
  • Ringdrossel
  • Ringfinger
  • Ringschaltung
  • Ringschlüssel
  • Ringschweißgerät
  • Ringstraße
  • Ringträger
  • Ringzunge
  • Seitenring
  • Schrägschulterring
  • Schraubring
  • Südring
  • Trauring

ring

ring

See also: Ring and riñg

English

Noun

ring (plural rings)

  1. (physical) A solid object in the shape of a circle.
    1. A circumscribing object, (roughly) circular and hollow, looking like an annual ring, earring, finger ring etc.
    2. A round piece of (precious) metal worn around the finger or through the ear, nose, etc.
    3. (Britain) A bird band, a round piece of metal put around a bird's leg used for identification and studies of migration.
    4. (Britain) A burner on a kitchen stove.
    5. In a jack plug, the connector between the tip and the sleeve.
    6. 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.
    7. (botany) A flexible band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns.
  2. (physical) A group of objects arranged in a circle.
    1. A circular group of people or objects.
      a ring of mushrooms growing in the wood
      • John Milton (1608-1674)
        And hears the Muses in a ring / Aye round about Jove's altar sing.
      • 1944, Miles Burton, chapter 5, in The Three Corpse Trick:
        The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.
    2. (astronomy) A formation of various pieces of material orbiting around a planet.
    3. (Britain) A large circular prehistoric stone construction such as Stonehenge.
  3. A piece of food in the shape of a ring.
    onion rings
  4. 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.
    • Edmund Smith (1672–1710)
      Place me, O, place me in the dusty ring, / Where youthful charioteers contend for glory.
  5. An exclusive group of people, usually involving some unethical or illegal practices.
    a crime ring; a prostitution ring; a bidding ring (at an auction sale)
    • Edward Augustus Freeman (1823-1892)
      the ruling ring at Constantinople
    • 1928, Upton Sinclair, Boston
      It's a blackmail ring, and the district attorneys get a share of the loot.
  6. (chemistry) A group of atoms linked by bonds to form a closed chain in a molecule.
    a benzene ring
  7. (geometry) A planar geometrical figure included between two concentric circles.
  8. (typography) A diacritical mark in the shape of a hollow circle placed above or under the letter; a kroužek.
  9. (historical) An old English measure of corn equal to the coomb or half a quarter.
    • 1866, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, page 168.
      The ring is common in the Huntingdonshire accounts of Ramsey Abbey. It was equal to half a quarter, i.e., is identical with the coomb of the eastern counties.
  10. (computing theory) A hierarchical level of privilege in a computer system, usually at hardware level, used to protect data and functionality (also protection ring).
    • 2007, Steve Anson, Steve Bunting, Mastering Windows Network Forensics and Investigation (page 70)
      Kernel Mode processes run in ring 0, and User Mode processes run in ring 3.
  11. (firearms) Either of the pair of clamps used to hold a telescopic sight to a rifle.
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations
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Verb

ring (third-person singular simple present rings, present participle ringing, simple past and past participle ringed)

  1. (transitive) To surround or enclose.
    The inner city was ringed with dingy industrial areas.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To make an incision around; to girdle.
    They ringed the trees to make the clearing easier next year.
  3. (transitive) To attach a ring to, especially for identification.
    Only ringed hogs may forage in the commons.
    We managed to ring 22 birds this morning.
  4. (transitive) To surround or fit with a ring, or as if with a ring.
    to ring a pig's snout
    • Shakespeare
      Ring these fingers.
  5. (falconry) To rise in the air spirally.
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English ringen, from Old English hringan (to ring, sound, clash; announce by bells), from Proto-Germanic *hringijaną (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).

Noun

ring (plural rings)

  1. 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.
  2. (figuratively) A pleasant or correct sound.
    The name has a nice ring to it.
  3. (figuratively) A sound or appearance that is characteristic of something.
    Her statements in court had a ring of falsehood.
  4. (colloquial) A telephone call.
    I’ll give you a ring when the plane lands.
  5. Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated.
    • Francis Bacon
      the ring of acclamations fresh in his ears
  6. A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned.
    St Mary's has a ring of eight bells.
    • Fuller
      as great and tunable a ring of bells as any in the world
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

ring (third-person singular simple present rings, present participle ringing, simple past rang or (nonstandard) rung, past participle rung)

  1. (intransitive) Of a bell, to produce sound.
    The bells were ringing in the town.
  2. (transitive) To make (a bell) produce sound.
    The deliveryman rang the doorbell to drop off a parcel.
    • Shakespeare
      The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums, / Hath rung night's yawning peal.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To produce the sound of a bell or a similar sound.
    Whose mobile phone is ringing?
  4. (intransitive, figuratively) Of something spoken or written, to appear to be, to seem, to sound.
    That does not ring true.
  5. (transitive, colloquial, Britain, New Zealand) To telephone (someone).
    I will ring you when we arrive.
  6. (intransitive) to resound, reverberate, echo.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      So he spoke, and it seemed there was a little halting at first, as of men not liking to take Blackbeard's name in Blackbeard's place, or raise the Devil by mocking at him. But then some of the bolder shouted 'Blackbeard', and so the more timid chimed in, and in a minute there were a score of voices calling 'Blackbeard, Blackbeard', till the place rang again.
    • 1919, Boris Sidis, The Source and Aim of Human Progress:
      It is instructive for us to learn as well as to ponder on the fact that "the very men who looked down with delight, when the sand of the arena reddened with human blood, made the arena ring with applause when Terence in his famous line: ‘Homo sum, Nihil humani alienum puto’ proclaimed the brotherhood of man."
  7. (intransitive) To produce music with bells.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holder to this entry?)
  8. (dated) To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 3

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

Noun

ring (plural rings)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
Hypernyms
Hyponyms
Derived terms
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Anagrams


Balinese

Preposition

ring

  1. in, at

Czech

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈrɪŋk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋk
  • Homophone: rynk

Noun

ring m inan

  1. ring (place where some sports take place; boxing ring and similar)

Declension


Danish

Etymology 1

From Old Norse hringr, from Proto-Germanic *hringaz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /renɡ/, [ʁæŋˀ]

Noun

ring c (singular definite ringen, plural indefinite ringe)

  1. ring
  2. circle
  3. halo
  4. hoop
  5. coil
Inflection
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Verbal noun to ringe (to ring).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /renɡ/, [ʁæŋˀ]

Noun

ring n (singular definite ringet, plural indefinite ring)

  1. (archaic) ring (the resonant sound of a bell, a telephone call)
Inflection

Etymology 3

See ringe.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /renɡ/, [ʁæŋˀ]

Verb

ring

  1. imperative of ringe

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /rɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

Etymology

From Old Dutch ring, from Proto-Germanic *hringaz.

Noun

ring m (plural ringen, diminutive ringetje n)

  1. ring, hollow circular object
  2. beltway

Derived terms

See also


Estonian

Etymology

From Middle Low German rink. Compare German Ring. See also rõngas.

Noun

ring (genitive ringi, partitive ringi)

  1. circle

Declension

See also


French

Etymology

From English (sense 1) and Dutch (sense 2).

Noun

ring m (plural rings)

  1. (sports, chiefly combat sports) ring
  2. (Belgium) ring road, beltway

German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ʁɪŋ]

Verb

ring

  1. Imperative singular of ringen.
  2. (colloquial) First-person singular present of ringen.

Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈriŋɡ]
  • Hyphenation: ring

Etymology 1

From a sound-imitative root + -g (frequentative suffix). [1]

Verb

ring

  1. (intransitive) to sway
Conjugation
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From English ring.[2]

Noun

ring (plural ringek)

  1. (dated, boxing) ring, boxing ring (space in which a boxing match is contested)
Declension
Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative ring ringek
accusative ringet ringeket
dative ringnek ringeknek
instrumental ringgel ringekkel
causal-final ringért ringekért
translative ringgé ringekké
terminative ringig ringekig
essive-formal ringként ringekként
essive-modal
inessive ringben ringekben
superessive ringen ringeken
adessive ringnél ringeknél
illative ringbe ringekbe
sublative ringre ringekre
allative ringhez ringekhez
elative ringből ringekből
delative ringről ringekről
ablative ringtől ringektől
Possessive forms of ring
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. ringem ringjeim
2nd person sing. ringed ringjeid
3rd person sing. ringje ringjei
1st person plural ringünk ringjeink
2nd person plural ringetek ringjeitek
3rd person plural ringjük ringjeik
Synonyms
  • szorító

References

  1. Gábor Zaicz, Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete, Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, ISBN 963 7094 01 6
  2. Tótfalusi István, Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára. Tinta Könyvkiadó, Budapest, 2005, ISBN 963 7094 20 2

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

From Old Norse hringr, from Proto-Germanic *hringaz.

Noun

ring m (definite singular ringen, indefinite plural ringer, definite plural ringene)

  1. ring; a circular piece of material
  2. The ring, place where sports such as boxing takes place
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Verb

ring

  1. imperative of ringe

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse hringr, from Proto-Germanic *hringaz.

Noun

ring m (definite singular ringen, indefinite plural ringar, definite plural ringane)

  1. ring; a circular piece of material
  2. The ring, place where sports such as boxing takes place

Derived terms

Verb

ring

  1. imperative of ringja, ringje, ringa and ringe

References


Old Dutch

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *hringaz.

Noun

ring m

  1. ring, circle

Descendants


Old High German

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *hringaz

Noun

ring m

  1. ring (object in the shape of a circle)

Descendants


Portuguese

Noun

ring m (plural rings)

  1. Alternative form of ringue

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From English ring.

Noun

ring m (Cyrillic spelling ринг)

  1. The ring (place where some sports take place; boxing ring and similar)


Spanish

Etymology

English

Noun

ring m (plural rings)

  1. (boxing) ring

Swedish

Etymology

From Old Swedish ringer, from Old Norse hringr, from Proto-Germanic *hringaz.

Pronunciation

Noun

ring c

  1. ring; a circular piece of material
  2. The ring, place where sports such as boxing takes place
  3. (mathematics) A ring, algebraic structure
  4. (mathematics) A ring, planar geometrical figure
  5. (astronomy) A ring, collection of material orbiting some planets
  6. Each of the (usually three) years in a Swedish gymnasium (highschool)
    Ann började nyss andra ring.
    Ann recently began her second year at the gymnasium.

Declension

Inflection of ring 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative ring ringen ringar ringarna
Genitive rings ringens ringars ringarnas

Derived terms

Verb

ring

  1. imperative of ringa.