- to produce a sharp sound like that of a bullet striking a sheet of metal.
- Computers. to send an echo-request packet to (an IP address) and use the echo reply to determine whether another computer on the network is operational and the speed at which the data is being transferred.
- to make contact with (someone) by sending a brief electronic message, as a text message: The design team should ping marketing to set up a meeting next week. Ping me when you arrive, and I’ll meet you at the door.
- a pinging sound.
- an infrasonic or ultrasonic sound wave created by sonar in echolocation.
- an acoustic signal transmitted to indicate a location: Rescue crews were able to follow the ping and locate the flight recorder.
- Computers. an echo-request and echo-reply protocol that tests a connection online or in a network by sending a packet to a host IP address and measuring the round-trip speed of data transfer.
- one of the possible sounds made by an electronic or mobile device to signal the receipt of data, as a phone or text message.
Origin of ping
Examples from the Web for pinging
The pinging detector towed by the Ocean Shield is really the last best hope of pulling this off.Can Anyone Find MH370 If It’s in a Million Pieces?
April 9, 2014
Sean Hoare, a former News of the World business reporter, says “pinging” cost $500 a pop.Murdoch Resignation Rumors Fly
July 19, 2011
They went on with their spading in the fields, while shrapnel was pinging.Young Hilda at the Wars
The pinging of the gnats hovering over and among the sedges made an incessant murmur through the warm, sultry air.Great Ghost Stories
Though bullets were kicking up spurts of dust in the road or ping- pinging against the steel turret he would not be hurried.Fighting in Flanders
E. Alexander Powell
The pinging ceased sharply: the drumming continued; and I looked up to see the mess sergeant standing over me, at attention.Foe-Farrell
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Our dreams of home were interrupted by the "pinging" of bullets, and the more distressing sounds of missiles of larger caliber.A Boy Trooper With Sheridan
Stanton P. Allen
- a short high-pitched resonant sound, as of a bullet striking metal or a sonar echo
- computing a system for testing whether internet systems are responding and how long in milliseconds it takes them to respond
- (intr) to make such a noise
- (tr) computing to send a test message to (a computer or server) in order to check whether it is responding or how long it takes it to respond
Word Origin and History for pinging
1835, imitative of the sound of a bullet striking something sharply. Meaning "short, high-pitched electronic pulse" is attested from 1943. As a verb from 1855; in computer sense is from at least 1981. Related: Pinged; pinging.