Verb ring Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive) To surround or enclose. (transitive, figuratively) To make an incision around; to girdle. (transitive) To attach a ring to, especially for identification. (transitive) To surround or fit with a ring, or as if with a ring. (falconry) To rise in the air spirally.

More definition:

1.a typically circular band of metal or other durable material, especially one of gold or other precious metal, often set with gems, for wearing on the finger as an ornament, a token of betrothal or marriage, etc.

2.anything having the form of such a band, a napkin ring; a smoke ring.

3.a circular or surrounding line or mark, dark rings around the eyes.

4.a circular course, to dance in a ring.

5.a number of persons or things situated in a circle or in an approximately circular arrangement, a ring of stones; a ring of hills.

6.the outside edge of a circular body, as a wheel; rim. enclosed area, often circular, as for a sports contest or exhibition, a circus ring.

8.a bullring. enclosure in which boxing and wrestling matches take place, usually consisting of a square, canvas-covered platform with surrounding ropes that are supported at each corner by posts.

10.the sport of boxing; prizefighting, the heyday of the ring.1
1.(formerly in the U.S., now only in Brit.) an area in a racetrack where bookmakers take bets. 1

2.a group of persons cooperating for unethical, illicit, or illegal purposes, as to control stock-market prices, manipulate politicians, or elude the law, a ring of dope smugglers.1

3.a single turn in a spiral or helix or in a spiral course. 1

4.Geometry. the area or space between two concentric circles. 1

5.annual ring. 1

6.a circle of bark cut from around a tree. 1

7.Chemistry. a number of atoms so united that they may be graphically represented in cyclic form. Compare chain (def 7). 1

8.Architecture. rowlock (def 1). 1

9.a bowlike or circular piece at the top of an anchor, to which the chain or cable is secured.

20.Also called spinning ring. Textiles. (in the ring-spinning frame) a circular track of highly polished steel on which the traveler moves and which imparts twists to the yarn by variations in its vertical movement. 2
1.a unit of measurement of the diameter of cigars, equal to 1/64 of an inch. Also called ring gauge. 2

2.Automotive, Machinery. piston ring. 2

3.Mathematics. a set that is closed under the operations of addition and multiplication and that is an Abelian group with respect to addition and an associative semigroup with respect to multiplication and in which the distributive laws relating the two operations hold.
2 surround with a ring; encircle. 2 form into a ring. 2 insert a ring through the nose of (an animal). 2 hem in (animals) by riding or circling about them. 2 girdle (def 11). 2

9.(in horseshoes, ringtoss, etc.) to encircle (a stake or peg) with a ring, horseshoe, etc. form a ring or rings. 3 move in a ring or a constantly curving course, The road rings around the mountain.
3 rings around, to be obviously superior to; surpass; outdo, As an artist, she can run rings around her brother.3

3.throw / toss one's hat in / into the ring. hat (def 8). give forth a clear resonant sound, as a bell when struck, The doorbell rang twice. make a given impression on the mind; appear, words that rang false; a story that rings true. cause a bell or bells to sound, especially as a summons, Just ring if you need anything. sound loudly; be loud or resonant; resound (often followed by out), His brave words rang out. be filled with sound; reecho with sound, as a place.

6.(of the ears) to have the sensation of a continued humming sound.

7.Chiefly British. to telephone. cause (a bell or device with a bell) to ring; sound by striking, to ring a bell. produce (sound) by or as if by ringing, The bell rang a low tone. announce or proclaim, usher in or out, summon, signal, etc., by or as if by the sound of a bell, to ring someone's praises; The bell rang the hour.1 test (a coin or other metal object) by the sound it produces when struck against something. 1

2.Chiefly British. to telephone.

3.a ringing sound, as of a bell or bells, the ring of sleigh bells.1

4.a sound or tone likened to the ringing of a bell, Rings of laughter issued from the school.1

5.any loud sound; sound continued, repeated, or reverberated, the ring of iron upon stone.1

6.a set or peal of bells. 1

7.a telephone call, Give me a ring tomorrow.1 act or instance of ringing a bell, No one answered my ring.1

9.a characteristic sound, as of a coin.

20.the aspect or impression presented by a statement, an action, etc., taken as revealing a specified inherent quality, a ring of assurance in her voice; the ring of truth; a false ring.
1.ring in, to indicate one's arrival at work by punching in on a time clock. Informal. to introduce artfully or fraudulently, to ring in an imposter. 2

2.ring off, to terminate a telephone conversation. British Slang. to stop talking. British Slang. to go away. 2

3.ring out, to indicate one's departure from work by punching out on a time clock. to make a sound or noise; resound, The church bells rang out. 2

4.ring up, to register (the amount of a sale) on a cash register. to accomplish or record, to ring up a series of successes.Chiefly British. to telephone.

5.ring a bell. bell1 (def 15). 2

6.ring down the curtain, to direct that the curtain of a theater be lowered or closed. to lower or close the curtain in front of a stage. 2

7.ring down the curtain on, to bring to an end, The accident rang down the curtain on his law career.2

8.ring the / someone's bell. bell1 (def 16). 2

9.ring the changes. change (def 39). 30.ring up the curtain, to direct that the curtain of a theater be raised or opened. to raise or open the curtain in front of a stage. 3
1.ring up the curtain on, to begin; inaugurate; initiate, The $100-a-plate dinner rang up the curtain on the hospital's fund-raising drive.

1.a male given name.

1.Informal. are , Oysters R in season.

1. a circular band usually of a precious metal, esp gold, often set with gems and worn upon the finger as an adornment or as a token of engagement or marriage

2. any object or mark that is circular in shape

3. a circular path or course, to run around in a ring

4. a group of people or things standing or arranged so as to form a circle, a ring of spectators

5. an enclosed space, usually circular in shape, where circus acts are performed

6. a square apron or raised platform, marked off by ropes, in which contestants box or wrestle

7. the ring, the sport of boxing

8. the field of competition or rivalry

9. throw one's hat in the ring, to announce one's intention to be a candidate or contestant

10. a group of people usually operating illegally and covertly, a drug ring, a paedophile ring1
1. (esp at country fairs) an enclosure, often circular, where horses, cattle, and other livestock are paraded and auctioned1

2. an area reserved for betting at a racecourse1

3. a circular strip of bark cut from a tree or branch, esp in order to kill it1

4. a single turn in a spiral1

5. (geometry) the area of space lying between two concentric circles1

6. (maths) a set that is subject to two binary operations, addition and multiplication, such that the set is an Abelian group under addition and is closed under multiplication, this latter operation being associative1

7. (botany) short for annual ring1

8. (chem) Also called closed chain. a closed loop of atoms in a molecule1

9. (astronomy) any of the thin circular bands of small bodies orbiting a giant planet, esp Saturn See also Saturn2 (sense 1)

20. (informal) run rings around, to be greatly superior to; outclass completely verb (transitive) rings, ringing, ringed 2
1. to surround with or as if with or form a ring; encircle2

2. to mark (a bird) with a ring or clip for subsequent identification2

3. to fit a ring in the nose of (a bull, pig, etc) so that it can be led easily2

4. Also ringbark to cut away a circular strip of bark from (a tree or branch) in order to kill it to cut a narrow or partial ring from (the trunk of a tree) in order to check or prevent vigorous growth 2

5. (Austral & NZ) to be the fastest shearer in a shearing shed (esp in the phrase ring the shed) Word OriginOld English hring; related to Old Norse hringr ring2 /rɪŋ/ verb rings, ringing, rang, rung
1. to emit or cause to emit a sonorous or resonant sound, characteristic of certain metals when struck

2. to cause (a bell) to emit a ringing sound by striking it once or repeatedly or (of a bell) to emit such a sound

3.(transitive) to cause (a large bell, esp a church bell) to emit a ringing sound by pulling on a rope that is attached to a wheel on which the bell swings back and forth, being sounded by a clapper inside it Compare chime1 (sense 6) (intransitive) (of a bell) to sound by being swung in this way

4. (intransitive) (of a building, place, etc) to be filled with sound; echo, the church rang with singing

5. (intransitive) foll by for. to call by means of a bell, buzzer, etc, to ring for the butler

6. (mainly Brit) Also ring up. to call (a person) by telephone

7. (transitive) to strike or tap (a coin) in order to assess its genuineness by the sound produced

8. (intransitive) (of the ears) to have or give the sensation of humming or ringing

9. (intransitive) (electronics) (of an electric circuit) to produce a damped oscillatory wave after the application of a sharp input transition

10. (slang) to change the identity of (a stolen vehicle) by using the licence plate, serial number, etc, of another, usually disused, vehicle1
1. ring a bell, to sound familiar; remind one of something, esp indistinctly1

2. ring down the curtain to lower the curtain at the end of a theatrical performance (foll by on) to put an end (to) 1

3. ring false, to give the impression of being false1

4. ring the bell to do, say, or be the right thing to reach the pinnacle of success or happiness 1

5. ring the changes, to vary the manner or performance of an action that is often repeated1

6. ring true, to give the impression of being true, that story doesn't ring true noun 1

7. the act of or a sound made by ringing1

8. a sound produced by or suggestive of a bell1

9. any resonant or metallic sound, esp one sustained or re-echoed, the ring of trumpets

20. (informal, mainly Brit) a telephone call, he gave her a ring last night2
1. the complete set of bells in a tower or belfry, a ring of eight bells See peal1 (sense 3)2

2. an inherent quality or characteristic, his explanation has the ring of sincerity2

3. (electronics) the damped oscillatory wave produced by a circuit that rings See also ring back, ring in, ring off, ring out, ring up Usage noteRang and sang are the correct forms of the past tenses of ring and sing, although rung and sung are still heard informally and dialectally, he rung (rang) the bell Word OriginOld English hringan; related to Old High German hringen Old Norse hringja r /ɑː/ noun (pl) r's, R's, Rs
1. the 18th letter and 14th consonant of the modern English alphabet

2. a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually an alveolar semivowel, as in red

3. See three Rs R symbol
1. (chem) radical

2. (currency) rand rupee

3. Réaumur temperature (scale)

4. (physics, electronics) resistance

5. roentgen or röntgen

6. (chess) rook

7. Royal

8. (chem) gas constant

9. (in the US and Australia) restricted exhibition (used to describe a category of film certified as unsuitable for viewing by anyone under the age of 18) (as modifier), an R film Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"circular band," Old English hring "small circlet, especially one of metal for wearing on the finger or as part of a mail coat; anything circular," from Proto-Germanic *khrengaz (cf. Old Norse hringr, Old Frisian hring, Danish, Swedish, Dutch ring, Old High German hring, German Ring), literally "something curved," from PIE *skrengh- nasalized form of (s)kregh-, from root *(s)ker- "to turn, bend," with wide-ranging derivative senses (cf. Latin curvus "bent, curved," crispus "curly;" Old Church Slavonic kragu "circle," and perhaps Greek kirkos "ring," koronos "curved").Other Old English senses were "circular group of persons," also "horizon." Meaning "place for prize fight and wrestling bouts" (early 14c.) is from the space in a circle of bystanders in the midst of which such contests once were held, "... a circle formed for boxers, wrestlers, and cudgel players, by a man styled Vinegar; who, with his hat before his eyes, goes round the circle, striking at random with his whip to prevent the populace from crowding in" [Grose, 1788]. Meaning "combination of interested persons" is from 182

9. Of trees, from 1670s; fairy ring is from 1620s. Ring finger is Old English hringfingr, a compound found in other Germanic languages. To run rings round (someone) "be superior to" is from 189
1.Nursery rhyme ring a ring a rosie is attested in an American form (with a different ending) from c.1790. "The belief that the rhyme originated with the Great Plague is now almost universal, but has no evidence to support it and is almost certainly nonsense" ["Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore"]. This proposal of connection dates only to the late 1960s.1540s, "set of church bells," from ring (v.1). Meaning "a call on the telephone" is from 1900; to give (someone) a ring "call on the telephone" was in use by 19

10. Meaning "a ringing tone" is from 1620s; specifically "the ringing sound made by a telephone" by 195
1. Meaning "resonance of coin or glass as a test of genuineness" is from 1850, with transferred use (ring of truth, etc.).
"sound a bell," Old English hringan "sound, give a certain resonant sound when struck; announce by bells," from Proto-Germanic *khrenganan (cf. Old Norse hringja, Swedish ringa, Middle Dutch ringen), probably of imitative origin. Related, Rang; rung. Originally a weak verb, strong inflexion began in early Middle English by influence of sing, etc. To ring down a theatrical curtain is from 1772, from the custom of signaling for it by ringing a bell. To ring up a purchase on a cash register is by 1937, from the bell that sounded. Specialized sense "give a resonant sound when struck as an indication of genuineness or purity," with transferred use (e.g. to ring hollow) is from 1610s."make a circle around," Old English ymbhringan, from the root of ring (n.1). Intransitive sense "gather in a ring" is mid-15c. Sense of "provide or attach a ring" is late 14c. Meaning "move in a circle around" is from 182

5. Related, Ringed; ringing. Cf. Frisian ringje, Middle Dutch and Dutch ringen, Old High German ringan, German ringen, Old Norse hringa, hringja.
In a circle, meaning "registered (trademark)," first incorporated in U.S. statues 194

6. Three Rs (1825) said to have been given as a toast by Sir W. Curtis (1752-1829). R&R "rest and relaxation," first recorded 1953, American English; R&B "rhythm and blues" (type of popular music) first attested 1949, American English.If all our r's that are written are pronounced, the sound is more common than any other in English utterance (over seven per cent.); the instances of occurrence before a vowel, and so of universal pronunciation, are only half as frequent. There are localities where the normal vibration of the tip of the tongue is replaced by one of the uvula, making a guttural trill, which is still more entitled to the name of "dog's letter" than is the ordinary r; such are considerable parts of France and Germany; the sound appears to occur only sporadically in English pronunciation. [Century Dictionary]The moment we encounter the added r's of purp or dorg in our reading we know that we have to do with humor, and so with school-marm. The added consonants are supposed to be spoken, if the words are uttered, but, as a matter of fact, they are less often uttered than seen. The words are, indeed, largely visual forms; the humor is chiefly for the eye. [Louise Pound, "The Humorous 'R,'" "American Mercury," October 1924]She goes on to note that in British humorous writing, -ar "popularly indicates the sound of the vowel in father" and formations like larf (for laugh) "are to be read with the broad vowel but no uttered r." She also quotes Henry James on the characteristic prominence of the medial -r- sound (which tends to be dropped in England and New England) in the speech of the U.S. Midwest, "under some strange impulse received toward consonantal recovery of balance, making it present even in words from which it is absent, bringing it in everywhere as with the small vulgar effect of a sort of morose grinding of the back teeth."

1. correlation coefficient

2. radius

3. resistance R
1. gas constant

2. radical

3. rain

4. range

5. Réaumur

6. receiver

7. registered trademark

8. Republican

9. response

10. restricted (children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) 1
1. right 1

2. roentgen 1

3. rook 1

4. run The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third EditionCopyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Cite This Source
ring a bell ring down the curtain on ring false ring one's chimes ring the changes ring true ring up also see, brass ring give someone a ring have a familiar ring run rings around three-ring circus throw one's hat in the ring Rsee, three R's The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


When Destiny wanted to wear a ring like mommy, Carmen tied a yellow ribbon around her finger and made a bow of it on the top.

"This." she said, slinging the ring in the dust at his feet.

It was a grim lot that gathered for supper that night outside the ring of firelight.

His voice had the ring of a nervous third-grader giving his first speech.

He hung it up only for it to ring again.

He wasn't surprised to see the Grey God in the boxing ring with the leggy brunette.

It ceased and began to ring again.

I figured this county deserves a more astute sheriff than the current candidate, so I tossed my hat in the ring this morning.

She'd left him the soul compass and his soul in her jewelry box, along with the ring he gave her, so he knew they were intended for him.

Ignoring the persistent ring, she put the chicken in the oven and closed the door.

She heard the phone ring and followed the sound.

Hannah no longer wore her engagement ring, and Katie wondered why she was so happy when she must know by now Gio wasn.t coming back for her.

Evelyn hugged herself before looking down at the massive diamond on her ring finger.

She also felt a Greek chariot, and the charioteer would have liked to take her round the ring; but she was afraid of "many swift horses."

Let us rise early and fast, or break fast, gently and without perturbation; let company come and let company go, let the bells ring and the children cry--determined to make a day of it.

"Look at Papa!" shouted Natasha to the whole company, and quite forgetting that she was dancing with a grown-up partner she bent her curly head to her knees and made the whole room ring with her laughter.

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