Idioms for ring

Origin of ring

2
before 900; Middle English ringen, Old English hringan; cognate with Old Norse hringja, German ringen

OTHER WORDS FROM ring

ring·ing·ly, adverbring·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ring up (1 of 3)

ring up

verb (adverb)

mainly British to make a telephone call (to)
(tr) to record on a cash register
(tr) to chronicle; recordto ring up another success
ring up the curtain
  1. to begin a theatrical performance
  2. (often foll by on) to make a start (on)

British Dictionary definitions for ring up (2 of 3)

ring1
/ (rɪŋ) /

noun

verb rings, ringing or ringed (tr)

Word Origin for ring

Old English hring; related to Old Norse hringr

British Dictionary definitions for ring up (3 of 3)

ring2
/ (rɪŋ) /

verb rings, ringing, rang or rung

noun

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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Medicine definitions for ring up

ring
[ rĭng ]

n.

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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Science definitions for ring up

ring
[ 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 up (1 of 2)

ring up

1

Record, especially by means of a cash register, as in They had already rung up the sale so I decided not to get the extra items. [c. 1930] Although older cash registers usually signaled a recorded sale with the ringing of a bell, the idiom survives in the age of computers.

2

Accomplish, achieve, as in They rang up an impressive string of victories.

Idioms and Phrases with ring up (2 of 2)

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

also see:

  • 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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