Ring v. t. [imp. Rang or Rung p. p. Rung; p. pr. & vb. n. Ringing.]
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.
Ring, v. 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.”
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·ing, a & n. from Ring, v.
Ringing engine, a simple form of pile driver in which the monkey is lifted by men pulling on ropes.
adj : having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected;
"a reverberant room"; "the reverberant booms of cannon"
[syn: reverberant] [ant: unreverberant]
n 1: 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: ring,
2: the giving of a ring as a token of engagement
3: having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of
being resonant [syn: plangency, resonance, reverberance,
sonorousness, sonority, vibrancy]