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.
Rung imp. & p. p. of Ring.
1. Shipbuilding A floor timber in a ship.
2. One of the rounds of a ladder.
3. One of the stakes of a cart; a spar; a heavy staff.
4. Mach. One of the radial handles projecting from the rim of a steering wheel; also, one of the pins or trundles of a lantern wheel.
n 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
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"
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,
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]
v 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,
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]
n 1: a crosspiece between the legs of a chair [syn: round, stave]
2: one of the crosspieces that form the steps of a ladder [syn: