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Ring

7 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ring \Ring\ (r[i^]ng), verb (used with an object) [imp. {Rang} (r[a^]ng) or {Rung} (r[u^]ng); p. p. {Rung}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ringing}.] [AS. hringan; akin to Icel. hringja, Sw. ringa, Dan. ringe, OD. ringhen, ringkelen. [root]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. --Shak.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ring \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. --Shak.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ring \Ring\, verb (used without an object)

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? --Shak.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ring \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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ring \Ring\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ring \Ring\, verb (used without an object) (Falconry) To rise in the air spirally.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

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: {ring}, {halo}, {annulus}, {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}, {ring}]

4: (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop [syn: {closed chain}, {ring}] [ant: {open chain}]

5: an association of criminals; "police tried to break up the gang"; "a pack of thieves" [syn: {gang}, {pack}, {ring}, {mob}]

6: the sound of a bell ringing; "the distinctive ring of the church bell"; "the ringing of the telephone"; "the tintinnabulation that so voluminously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells"--E. A. Poe [syn: {ring}, {ringing}, {tintinnabulation}]

7: a platform usually 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: {ring}, {band}]

9: a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration) [syn: {band}, {ring}]

verb

1: sound loudly and sonorously; "the bells rang" [syn: {ring}, {peal}]

2: ring or echo with sound; "the hall resounded with laughter" [syn: {resound}, {echo}, {ring}, {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: {ring}, {knell}]

4: 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}, {ring}]

5: extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle; "The forest surrounds my property" [syn: {surround}, {environ}, {ring}, {skirt}, {border}]

6: attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify; "ring birds"; "band the geese to observe their migratory patterns" [syn: {ring}, {band}]

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