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.


Origin of ping

First recorded in 1850–55; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pinging

sound, knock, clink, ting

Examples from the Web for pinging

Contemporary Examples of pinging

Historical Examples of pinging

  • They went on with their spading in the fields, while shrapnel was pinging.

  • The pinging of the gnats hovering over and among the sedges made an incessant murmur through the warm, sultry air.

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for pinging



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
Derived Formspinging, adjective

Word Origin for ping

C19: of imitative origin
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper