a typically circular band of metal or other durable material, especially one of gold or other precious metal, often set with gems, for wearing on the finger as an ornament, a token of betrothal or marriage, etc.
anything having the form of such a band: a napkin ring;a smoke ring.
a circular or surrounding line or mark: dark rings around the eyes.
a circular course: to dance in a ring.
a number of people or things situated in a circle or in an approximately circular arrangement: a ring of stones;a ring of hills.
the outside edge of a circular body, as a wheel; rim.
an enclosed area, often circular, as for a sports contest or exhibition: a circus ring.
an enclosure in which boxing and wrestling matches take place, usually consisting of a square, canvas-covered platform with surrounding ropes that are supported at each corner by posts.
the sport of boxing; prizefighting: the heyday of the ring.
(formerly in the United States, now only in Britain) an area in a racetrack where bookmakers take bets.
a group of people cooperating for unethical, illicit, or illegal purposes, as to control stock-market prices, manipulate politicians, or elude the law: a ring of dope smugglers.
a single turn in a spiral or helix or in a spiral course.
Geometry. the area or space between two concentric circles.
a circle of bark cut from around a tree.
Chemistry. a number of atoms so united that they may be graphically represented in cyclic form.: Compare chain (def. 7).
Architecture. rowlock (def. 1).
a bowlike or circular piece at the top of an anchor, to which the chain or cable is secured.
Also called spinning ring. Textiles. (in the ring-spinning frame) a circular track of highly polished steel on which the traveler moves and which imparts twists to the yarn by variations in its vertical movement.
Also called ring gauge . a unit of measurement of the diameter of cigars, equal to 1/64 of an inch.
Automotive, Machinery. piston ring.
Mathematics. a set that is closed under the operations of addition and multiplication and that is an Abelian group with respect to addition and an associative semigroup with respect to multiplication and in which the distributive laws relating the two operations hold.
to surround with a ring; encircle: The lake is ringed with forest and farmland.
to form into a ring.
to insert a ring through the nose of (an animal).
to hem in (animals) by riding or circling about them: The cowboys ringed the cattle they would be driving to market.
to girdle (def. 11).
(in horseshoes, ringtoss, etc.) to encircle (a stake or peg) with a ring, horseshoe, etc.
to form a ring or rings.
to move in a ring or a constantly curving course: The road rings around the mountain.
Idioms about ring
run rings around, to be obviously superior to; surpass; outdo: As an artist, she can run rings around her brother.
throw / toss one's hat in the ring. hat (def. 8).
- ring·less, adjective
- ring·like, adjective
Other definitions for ring (2 of 3)
to give forth a clear resonant sound, as a bell when struck: The doorbell rang twice.
to make a given impression on the mind; appear: words that rang false; a story that rings true.
to cause a bell or bells to sound, especially as a summons: Just ring if you need anything.
to sound loudly; be loud or resonant; resound (often followed by out): His brave words rang out.
to be filled with sound; reecho with sound, as a place.
(of the ears) to have the sensation of a continued humming sound.
Chiefly British. to telephone.
to cause (a bell or device with a bell) to ring; sound by striking: to ring a bell.
to produce (sound) by or as if by ringing: The bell rang a low tone.
to announce or proclaim, usher in or out, summon, signal, etc., by or as if by the sound of a bell: to ring someone's praises; The bell rang the hour.
to test (a coin or other metal object) by the sound it produces when struck against something.
Chiefly British. to telephone.
a ringing sound, as of a bell or bells: the ring of sleigh bells.
a sound or tone likened to the ringing of a bell: Rings of laughter issued from the school.
any loud sound; sound continued, repeated, or reverberated: the ring of iron upon stone.
a set or peal of bells.
a telephone call: Give me a ring tomorrow.
an act or instance of ringing a bell: No one answered my ring.
a characteristic sound, as of a coin.
the aspect or impression presented by a statement, an action, etc., taken as revealing a specified inherent quality: a ring of assurance in her voice; the ring of truth; a false ring.
to indicate one's arrival at work by punching in on a time clock.
Informal. to introduce artfully or fraudulently: to ring in an imposter.
to terminate a telephone conversation.
British Slang. to stop talking.
British Slang. to go away.
to indicate one's departure from work by punching out on a time clock.
to make a sound or noise; resound: The church bells rang out.
to register (the amount of a sale) on a cash register.
to accomplish or record: to ring up a series of successes.
Chiefly British. to telephone.
- ring·ing·ly, adverb
- ring·ing·ness, noun
Other definitions for Ring (3 of 3)
a male given name.
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How to use ring in a sentence
The aurora ring is more than 20,000 miles wide, about three times the diameter of Earth.These Images Expose the Dark Side of the Solar System - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Corey S. Powell | August 26, 2020 | Nautilus
The very ring on my finger reflects how this country can change.Buttigieg invokes progress of LGBTQ movement at Democratic convention | Chris Johnson | August 21, 2020 | Washington Blade
Where those three flames meet, a stoichiometric flame forms, making a bright blue ring.Four types of flames join forces to make this eerie ‘blue whirl’ | Emily Conover | August 12, 2020 | Science News
Subtracting the one stack with no rings on it meant there were 31 unique stacks.
The stomach’s clues, such as the twig growth rings, suggest the dino’s last supper took place at the start of the growing season.
A lot of people ring in the New Year with vows to lose weight and exercise.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models | Carrie Arnold | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
These brave souls took an icy dip in the ocean to ring in 2015 and raise money for charity.Diving Into 2015 With Polar Bear Plunge Extremists | James Joiner | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some things never change as we wring out the old year and ring in the new one.
What was this human being fighting for everywhere but inside a ring?The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They opened for acts like Elliott Smith, Sloan, and Promise ring.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age | Lauren Schwartzberg | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When Yima pressed the earth with this ring, the genius of the Earth, Aramaîti, responded to his wish and order.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
I plainly heard a noise upon the cover of my closet like that of a cable, and the grating of it as it passed through the ring.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
I desired the captain would please to accept this ring in return of his civilities, which he absolutely refused.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
Whoever succeeded in getting the ring on his stick won the game, and carried the prize home as a sign of victory.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
I remember feeling in his pocket for the ring, and as I did so, I felt a hand grasp mine for a moment.Uncanny Tales | Various
British Dictionary definitions for ring (1 of 2)
a circular band usually of a precious metal, esp gold, often set with gems and worn upon the finger as an adornment or as a token of engagement or marriage
any object or mark that is circular in shape
a circular path or course: to run around in a ring
a group of people or things standing or arranged so as to form a circle: a ring of spectators
an enclosed space, usually circular in shape, where circus acts are performed
a square apron or raised platform, marked off by ropes, in which contestants box or wrestle
the ring the sport of boxing
the field of competition or rivalry
throw one's hat in the ring to announce one's intention to be a candidate or contestant
a group of people usually operating illegally and covertly: a drug ring; a paedophile ring
(esp at country fairs) an enclosure, often circular, where horses, cattle, and other livestock are paraded and auctioned
an area reserved for betting at a racecourse
a circular strip of bark cut from a tree or branch, esp in order to kill it
a single turn in a spiral
geometry the area of space lying between two concentric circles
maths a set that is subject to two binary operations, addition and multiplication, such that the set is an Abelian group under addition and is closed under multiplication, this latter operation being associative
botany short for annual ring
Also called: closed chain chem a closed loop of atoms in a molecule
astronomy any of the thin circular bands of small bodies orbiting a giant planet, esp Saturn: See also Saturn 2 (def. 1)
run rings around informal to be greatly superior to; outclass completely
to surround with or as if with or form a ring; encircle
to mark (a bird) with a ring or clip for subsequent identification
to fit a ring in the nose of (a bull, pig, etc) so that it can be led easily
to cut away a circular strip of bark from (a tree or branch) in order to kill it
to cut a narrow or partial ring from (the trunk of a tree) in order to check or prevent vigorous growth
Australian and NZ to be the fastest shearer in a shearing shed (esp in the phrase ring the shed)
British Dictionary definitions for ring (2 of 2)
to emit or cause to emit a sonorous or resonant sound, characteristic of certain metals when struck
to cause (a bell) to emit a ringing sound by striking it once or repeatedly or (of a bell) to emit such a sound
(tr) to cause (a large bell, esp a church bell) to emit a ringing sound by pulling on a rope that is attached to a wheel on which the bell swings back and forth, being sounded by a clapper inside it: Compare chime 1 (def. 6)
(intr) (of a bell) to sound by being swung in this way
(intr) (of a building, place, etc) to be filled with sound; echo: the church rang with singing
(intr foll by for) to call by means of a bell, buzzer, etc: to ring for the butler
Also: ring up mainly British to call (a person) by telephone
(tr) to strike or tap (a coin) in order to assess its genuineness by the sound produced
(intr) (of the ears) to have or give the sensation of humming or ringing
(intr) electronics (of an electric circuit) to produce a damped oscillatory wave after the application of a sharp input transition
slang to change the identity of (a stolen vehicle) by using the licence plate, serial number, etc, of another, usually disused, vehicle
ring a bell to sound familiar; remind one of something, esp indistinctly
ring down the curtain
to lower the curtain at the end of a theatrical performance
(foll by on) to put an end (to)
ring false to give the impression of being false
ring the bell
to do, say, or be the right thing
to reach the pinnacle of success or happiness
ring the changes to vary the manner or performance of an action that is often repeated
ring true to give the impression of being true: that story doesn't ring true
the act of or a sound made by ringing
a sound produced by or suggestive of a bell
any resonant or metallic sound, esp one sustained or re-echoed: the ring of trumpets
informal, mainly British a telephone call: he gave her a ring last night
the complete set of bells in a tower or belfry: a ring of eight bells See peal 1 (def. 3)
an inherent quality or characteristic: his explanation has the ring of sincerity
electronics the damped oscillatory wave produced by a circuit that rings
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Scientific definitions for ring
A set of elements subject to the operations of addition and multiplication, in which the set is an abelian group under addition and associative under multiplication and in which the two operations are related by distributive laws.
A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form. Benzene, for example, contains a ring of six carbon atoms. All cyclic compounds contain one or more rings. See annulus.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ring
In addition to the idioms beginning with ring
- ring a bell
- ring down the curtain on
- ring false
- ring one's chimes
- ringside seat
- ring the changes
- ring true
- ring up
- brass ring
- give someone a ring
- have a familiar ring
- run rings around
- three-ring circus
- throw one's hat in the ring
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