- 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 ping
Air marshal Houston was careful to make it clear that, however encouraging, the ping detections were not in itself enough.Can Anyone Find MH370 If It’s in a Million Pieces?
April 9, 2014
A second “ping” then put the phone in the vicinity of a shopping center in Kissimmee.The Teen Love Letters that Led to a Tragic Murder-Suicide in Florida
March 30, 2014
For some hours after all other communications stopped, the airplane was sending a “ping” recording its presence to a satellite.The Baseless Rush to Blame the Pilots of Flight 370
March 16, 2014
And the sport chosen to cover such devastation was ping pong.How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong
January 9, 2014
Pippa issued a challenge to the London mayor in a column today to play her at Ping Pong and he has accepted.Boris Johnson Accepts Ping Pong Challenge From Pippa Middleton
April 3, 2013
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.
Ping Wang, shall we have any difficulty in obtaining food to-morrow?'
Soon he saw that Ping Wang, if left to himself, would be drowned.
Ping Wang made no reply but gazed at Charlie in astonishment.
- 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 ping
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.