ping

[ping]

verb (used without object)

to produce a sharp sound like that of a bullet striking a sheet of metal.

verb (used with object)

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.

noun


Origin of ping

First recorded in 1850–55; imitative
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Historical Examples of ping

  • And did he hear a ping just at that instant, feel the ship vibrate for a second?

    Slingshot

    Irving W. Lande

  • When he had been there about ten minutes Ping Wang joined him.

  • Soon he saw that Ping Wang, if left to himself, would be drowned.

  • Ping Wang, shall we have any difficulty in obtaining food to-morrow?'

  • Ping Wang hurried away, and returned in a minute or two with the draughts.



British Dictionary definitions for ping

ping

noun

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

verb

(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
Derived Formspinging, adjective

Word Origin for ping

C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for ping
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper