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ring

Noun

1 a characteristic sound; "it has the ring of sincerity"
2 a toroidal shape; "a ring of ships in the harbor"; "a halo of smoke" [syn: halo, annulus, anulus, doughnut, anchor ring]
3 a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling; "there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse" [syn: hoop]
4 (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop [syn: closed chain] [ant: open chain]
5 an association of criminals; "police tried to break up the gang"; "a pack of thieves" [syn: gang, pack, mob]
6 the sound of a bell ringing; "the distinctive ring of the church bell"; "the ringing of the telephone"; "the tintinnabulation that so volumnously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells"--E. A. Poe [syn: ringing, tintinnabulation]
7 a square platform marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
8 jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger; "she had rings on every finger"; "he noted that she wore a wedding band" [syn: band]
9 a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration) [syn: band]

Verb

1 sound loudly and sonorously; "the bells rang" [syn: peal]
2 ring or echo with sound; "the hall resounded with laughter" [syn: resound, echo, reverberate]
3 make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification; "Ring the bells"; "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church" [syn: knell]
4 be around; "Developments surround the town"; "The river encircles the village" [syn: surround, environ, encircle, circle, round]
5 get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone; "I tried to call you all night"; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning" [syn: call, telephone, call up, phone]
6 attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify; "ring birds"; "band the geese to observe their migratory patterns" [syn: band] [also: rung, rang]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Ring

English

Pronunciation

  • , /ɹɪŋ/, /rIN/
  • Homophones: wring
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

Etymology 1

Old English hring from Germanic *hrengaz
The mathematics sense was introduced by mathematician David Hilbert in 1892, a contraction of the German Zahlring. (Reference: Harvey Cohn, Advanced Number Theory, page 49.)

Noun

  1. A circumscribing object (looking like an annual ring, earring, finger ring, etc.)
  2. A round piece of (precious) metal worn around the finger.
  3. A bird band, a round piece of metal put around a bird's leg used for identification and studies of migration.
  4. A place where some sports take place; as, a boxing ring.
  5. A circular arena where circus acts take place, a circus ring.
  6. A group of people, usually involving some unethical or illegal practices; as a Crime ring.
  7. An algebraic structure which is a group under addition and a monoid under multiplication.
    The set of integers, \mathbb, is the prototypical ring.
  8. A planar geometrical figure included between two concentric circles.
  9. A formation of various pieces of material orbiting around a planet.
  10. An old English measure of corn equal to the coomb or half a quarter.
    • 1866: 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. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 168.
Translations
a circumscribing object
a round piece of (precious) metal worn around the finger
a round piece of metal
a place where some sports take place
  • Breton: ring
  • Croatian: ring
  • Czech: ring
  • Dutch: ring
  • Finnish: kehä
  • German: Ring
  • Japanese: リング
  • Norwegian: ring
  • Polish: ring
  • Russian: ринг (ring)
  • Slovak: ring
  • Slovene: ring
  • Swedish: ring
  • Telugu: గోదా (gOdaa), బరి (bari)
an arena where circus acts take place
a group of people
  • Finnish: rinki
  • German: Ring
  • Japanese: 一味
  • Polish: klika
  • Russian: клика (klíka)
algebra: an algebraic structure
  • Czech: okruh
  • German: Ring
  • Greek: δακτύλιος
  • Hungarian: gyűrű
  • Japanese: 環
  • Polish: pierścień
  • Russian: кольцо (kol’tsó)
  • Swedish: ring
geometry: a planar geometrical figure
astronomy: a formation of various pieces of material orbiting around a planet
an old English measure of corn

Verb

  1. To surround or enclose.
    The inner city was ringed with dingy industrial areas.
  2. To cut a ring around.
    They ringed the trees to make the clearing easier next year.
  3. To attach a ring to.
    Only ringed hogs may forage in the commons.
to surround or enclose
  • Japanese: 囲む

Etymology 2

Verb is from Old English hringan.

Noun

  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. A pleasant or correct sound.
    The name has a nice ring to it.
  3. A telephone call.
    I’ll give you a ring when the plane lands.
Translations
the resonant sound of a bell, or a sound resembling it
  • Japanese: 響き
a pleasant or correct sound
  • Japanese: 響き
a telephone call
  • Japanese: 電話

Verb

  1. intransitive figurative To produce the sound of a bell or a similar sound.
    Whose mobile phone is ringing?
  2. transitive figurative To make a (church) bell produce sound.
    The deliveryman rang the doorbell to drop off a parcel.
  3. intransitive figurative Of something spoken or written, to appear to be, to seem, to sound.
    That does not ring true.
  4. To telephone someone.
    I will ring you when we arrive.
Translations
to produce the sound of a bell or a similar sound
  • Arabic:
  • Catalan: dringar, trucar (only door-bell)
  • Chinese: 按鈴 (ànlíng)
  • Czech: zvonit
  • Dutch: bellen, klinken
  • Finnish: soida
  • French: sonner
  • German: läuten, klingeln
  • Hungarian: csenget
  • Italian: suonare
  • Japanese: 鳴る
  • Korean: 울리다 (ullida)
  • Norwegian: ringe
  • Polish: dzwonić
  • Portuguese: tocar
  • Romanian: suna
  • Russian: звонить (zvonít’)
  • Slovak: zvoniť
  • Spanish: sonar
  • Swedish: ringa
to make a (church) bell produce sound
of something spoken or written, to appear to be, to seem, to sound
  • German: klingen
  • Japanese: 聞こえる
  • Russian: звучать (zvučát’)
  • Swedish: låta
to telephone someone

Balinese

Preposition

ring
  1. in, at

Croatian

Etymology

From ring.

Noun

hr-noun m
  1. ring (place where some sports take place; boxing ring and similar)

Dutch

Noun

de ring (plural: ringen)

Hungarian

Verb

ring
  1. to sway

Norwegian

Noun

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

Old High German

Etymology

Common Germanic *hrengaz

Noun

ring

Swedish

Etymology 1

Pronunciation

Noun

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

Etymology 2

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. imperative form of ringa

Extensive Definition

Ring may refer to:

Jewelry

Sound

Mathematics

Geometry

Science and engineering

  • Planetary ring, a flat disc-shaped ring of matter orbiting a planet
  • Ring circuit, electrical wiring technique
  • Piston ring, an automotive part, an open-ended ring that fits into a groove on the outer diameter of a piston
  • Cyclic compound, a series of carbon atoms connected in the form of a loop or ring.
  • Ring armature, in electric motors such as on a Gramme machine

Medical

  • Internal abdominal ring (annulus inguinalis abdominis; internal or deep abdominal ring): situated in the transversalis fascia, midway between the anterior superior iliac spine and the symphysis pubis
  • Femoral ring, the base of the femoral canal
  • Vascular ring a congenital defect in which there is an abnormal formation of the aorta and/or its surrounding blood vessels

Computing

Entertainment

Sports

Films

Fiction

Music

Organizations

Miscellaneous

Geography

ring in Bosnian: Prsten (čvor)
ring in Chuvash: Ункă
ring in Danish: Ring
ring in German: Ring
ring in Spanish: Anillo
ring in Esperanto: Ringo
ring in French: Anneau
ring in Korean: 링
ring in Croatian: Prsten
ring in Italian: Anello
ring in Hebrew: טבעת (פירושונים)
ring in Lombard: Anell
ring in Hungarian: Gyűrű
ring in Dutch: Ring
ring in Japanese: リング
ring in Norwegian: Ring
ring in Norwegian Nynorsk: Ring
ring in Low German: Ring
ring in Polish: Pierścień
ring in Portuguese: Anel
ring in Quechua: Siwi
ring in Russian: Кольцо
ring in Serbian: Прстен
ring in Swedish: Ring
ring in Thai: ริง

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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