[ ring ]
/ rɪŋ /
verb (used without object), rang, rung, ring·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), rang, rung, ring·ing.
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.
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Idioms for ring
- to direct that the curtain of a theater be lowered or closed.
- to lower or close the curtain in front of a stage.
ring a bell. bell1(def 15).
ring down the curtain,
- to direct that the curtain of a theater be raised or opened.
- to raise or open the curtain in front of a stage.
ring down the curtain on, to bring to an end: The accident rang down the curtain on his law career.
ring the/someone's bell. bell1(def 16).
ring the changes. change(def 39).
ring up the curtain,
ring up the curtain on, to begin; inaugurate; initiate: The $100-a-plate dinner rang up the curtain on the hospital's fund-raising drive.
Origin of ring2
before 900; Middle English ringen, Old English hringan; cognate with Old Norse hringja, German ringen
OTHER WORDS FROM ringring·ing·ly, adverbring·ing·ness, noun
Words nearby ring
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British Dictionary definitions for ring off (1 of 3)
(intr, adverb) mainly British to terminate a telephone conversation by replacing the receiver; hang up
British Dictionary definitions for ring off (2 of 3)
/ (rɪŋ) /
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 courseto run around in a ring
a group of people or things standing or arranged so as to form a circlea 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 covertlya 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 SaturnSee also Saturn 2 (def. 1)
run rings around informal to be greatly superior to; outclass completely
verb rings, ringing or ringed (tr)
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)
Word Origin for ring
Old English hring; related to Old Norse hringr
British Dictionary definitions for ring off (3 of 3)
/ (rɪŋ) /
verb rings, ringing, rang or rung
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 itCompare 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; echothe church rang with singing
(intr foll by for) to call by means of a bell, buzzer, etcto 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 truethat 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-echoedthe ring of trumpets
informal, mainly British a telephone callhe gave her a ring last night
the complete set of bells in a tower or belfrya ring of eight bells See peal 1 (def. 3)
an inherent quality or characteristichis explanation has the ring of sincerity
electronics the damped oscillatory wave produced by a circuit that rings
Word Origin for ring
Old English hringan; related to Old High German hringen Old Norse hringja
usage for ring
Rang and sang are the correct forms of the past tenses of ring and sing, although rung and sung are still heard informally and dialectally: he rung (rang) the bell
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Medical definitions for ring off
[ rĭng ]
A circular object, form, or arrangement with a vacant circular center.
The area between two concentric circles; annulus.
A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form.
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Scientific definitions for ring off
[ rĭng ]
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.
See growth ring.
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Idioms and Phrases with ring off
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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