ping

[ ping ]
/ pɪŋ /

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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ping

/ (pɪŋ) /

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 Forms

pinging, adjective

Word Origin for ping

C19: of imitative origin
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